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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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Hiring external leadership is a savvy move for firms

The news of the appointment of Crawford Gillies, former European managing director of Bain & Company, as non-executive chairman of Hammonds has brought into sharp focus the growing practice of bringing ‘people from outside’ onto law firm boards and sparked a debate on the nature of law firm chairmanship. The debate even encompasses the job […]

Kaye Scholer beefs up in London with BLP raid

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) investment partner Tim Spangler has defected to New York firm Kaye Scholer to head up its global investment funds practice. Spangler will start his new position on Monday (9 October). Before Spangler’s arrival, Kaye Scholer had no dedicated investment funds practice, although its New York and Chicago finance lawyers undertook funds […]

Former HP lawyer charged with identity theft

A former senior in-house lawyer at beleaguered Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been indicted on charges of fraud and identity theft in the US for his alleged involvement in the ‘pretexting’ scandal that rocked the company in recent weeks. Four felony charges were filed against HP’s former director of ethics Kevin Hunsaker, who oversaw the 2006 internal […]

LFEPA recruiting for new legal role

The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which is responsible for the London Fire Brigade, is looking for its first head of legal and democratic services, following a shake-up of its internal legal function. The new role is a merger of the authority’s previously separate head of legal and head of democratic services positions, […]

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