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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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Tulkinghorn realises that City law firms should grab every available opportunity to associate themselves with the cool and glamour of Hollywood, but Allen & Overy’s (A&O) latest desperate attempt falls short in every department. Picture the scene. Marketing executives and partners enter a huddle to decide the name for their seminar on the wireless industry. […]

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into possible price-rigging across the branded sportswear sector. Should the investigation proceed, the law firms and barristers already involved on the related football shirt price-rigging investigation stand to rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds extra in fees. An OFT spokesperson told The Lawyer: “We’ve […]

DLA Dutch ally raids De Brauw to build tax practice

DLA’s Dutch best friend SchutGrosheide has appoin-ted De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek corporate finance tax specialist Marc de Bruijn to head its tax department. De Bruijn was approached by SchutGrosheide in the spring. Following the approach, de Bruijn recruited fellow De Brauw tax partner Andre Jansen and senior associate Raymond Wanningen. The firm has also hired […]

The bald truth

Tulkinghorn always welcomes serious, constructive comment about The Lawyer’s coverage, so the team was particularly heartened to receive the following email from a City property department head in response to last week’s feature, ‘Realty bites’. The email read: “Thank you for cutting off the top of my head in the photograph – you have missed […]

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