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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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A&O unveils ISDA software business

Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a New York-based e-business, installing ­London-based derivatives counsel John Berry as its general counsel. Allen & Overy (A&O) has launched a New York-based e-business, ;installing ­London-based derivatives counsel John Berry as its general counsel. Named docGenix, the company provides financial institutions with technology that manages documentation risk in the derivatives […]

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Lovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office. MOVE OF THE WEEKLovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office. […]

Cadwalader loses partner number two since layoffs

Cadwalader has suffered its second partner defection since the firm announced record layoffs earlier this summer. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has suffered its second partner defection since the firm announced record layoffs earlier this summer. New York environmental litigator Andrew Perel has defected to the New York office of Steptoe & Johnson. Perel’s move follows […]

Knowles seeks new term as DLA chief

DLA Piper chief executive Nigel Knowles is bidding to extend his leadership of the firm until 2012 and will stand for re-election at the end of the year. Knowles’s term as joint chief executive is due to end in December, when his re-election will be put to a partner vote. It is understood that Knowles, […]

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