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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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Although litigation is constantly said to be in decline, there is still a fair amount of work out there for solicitors and barristers alike. In this week’s bumper Special Report, The Lawyer examines the wide range of issues affecting litigators, arbitrators and mediators in the current climate. The Company Law Reform Bill is likely to […]

A&O and Sidley take first half debt crown

The Allen & Overy and Sidley Austin debt teams have dominated the European capital markets during the first half of 2006. Linklaters continues to lead the charge in equities while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wins top spot in IPOs in Thomson Financial’s European capital market tables for the second quarter. A&O maintained its lead position for […]

Get a grip on the law

Is this the latest marketing attempt by law firms to hook youngsters into a future career? Nintendo, that great companion to Tulkinghorn’s childhood, is about to release a new law-based game for its handheld split-screen DS console. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney puts you in the shoes of a rookie defence lawyer trying to make his […]

Firm profile: HGF Law

HGF Law is a nine-partner law firm working within the wider HGF intellectual property firm.  HGF has twelve offices across the UK as well as in The Hague and Basel, with specialised intellectual property solicitors based in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.  In total the firm has over 120 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and solicitors providing a full service IP offering to clients.  HGF creates and manages significant IP portfolios for the world’s leading companies and research institutes.  HGF’s lawyers advise on IP strategy, commercialisation and licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution, with significant experience in High Court patent and trade mark litigation.

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