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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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Dentons targets top clients to thwart profit slowdown

Denton Wilde Sapte is targeting top clients including Virgin, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Shell and London Electricity for more work as part of a firmwide review to raise profits. It is also pushing departmental heads to raise group profits any way they can after a disappointing financial year.In 2001/02, Dentons’ profits per partner rose […]

Partnering

Partnering has been a topic of interest to the UK construction industry for the last decade or so and is likely to remain under the spotlight for some time Partnering in the UK construction industry is not a new concept. Early focus in the offshore engineering industry received a boost from various industry bodies and […]

FENWICK ELLIOTT

Growth is planned for Fenwicks as a new senior partner takes the reins Niche construction firm Fenwick Elliott has restructured its partnership with dispute resolution partner Simon Tolson replacing Robert Fenwick Elliott as senior partner. Fenwicks will become a consultant for the firm on 1 April (The Lawyer, 18 March).Tolson says: “Robert had wound down […]

Nomura lawyer joins Cadwalader

Nomura International has lost the head of its transactions legal department, Tom O’ Riordon, to the London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.O’Riordon, who is a barrister by training, will join the firm at the beginning of July as a senior special counsel. He will work with Stephen Mostyn-Williams, head of the London and international […]

Ex-Richards Butler chief joins 3-4 South Square

A former head of Richards Butler’s finance and banking department has joined Michael Crystal QC’s specialist insolvency chambers 3-4 South Square.Colin Bamford will specialise in advising on capital markets, financial transactions and regulatory matters, at a time when 3-4 South Square is developing its international advisory work in these areas.The Bar Council has provided an […]

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