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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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Minter Ellison closes US office

Australian law firm Minter Ellison is closing its San Francisco office and bringing US-based partner Richard Horton back to Australia. Horton, who will now be based in the firm’s Sydney office, had spent eight years in the firm’s only US office, acting for Silicon Valley clients seeking to do business in Asia. Minter Ellison chief […]

3 Pump Court takes on forensic accountant

Winchester-based set 3 Pump Court Chambers has taken on accountant BDO Stoy Hayward’s regional forensic accounting head Mike Mason as a pupil. Mason, who was BDO’s forensic accounting chief in Southampton, said he decided to qualify as a barrister and move to the bar on the back of his contact with the legal profession during […]

Ex-CC boss Cornell resurfaces at private equity giant Terra Firma

Former Clifford Chance managing partner Peter Cornell is to take up a new role at private equity house Terra Firma this month. Cornell, who left the magic circle firm in May this year, will be managing director of stakeholder relations at the private equity firm. It is understood to be a specially created diplomatic post […]

Eversheds expands in CEE with Czech tie-up

Eversheds has ramped up its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) capabilities by sealing an association with Czech law firm Balcar Polansky & Spol. Balcar joins Eversheds’ international network today (1 October), adding two more countries, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic, to Eversheds’ existing 32 offices. The Czech law firm, which has nine partners […]

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