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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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Bird & Bird boosts Paris with government antitrust hire

Bird & Bird has attracted a senior French government lawyer to join its Paris-based competition practice. Michel Roseau joins the firm as a partner after four years as head of antitrust and general policy for the French competition authority. He told The Lawyer: “I wanted to cross over to the other side of the mirror […]

20 Essex Street duo plays part in Guantanamo detainees’ victory

20 Essex Street barristers Tim Otty and Sudhanshu Swaroop helped secure victory against the US government in a key challenge to detentions at Guantanamo Bay. Otty, acting for the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA), and Swaroop, representing the Bar Council’s human rights committee, appeared to present amicus curiae briefs in the case before the US Supreme […]

McGrigors recruits QC for regulatory push

McGrigors is making a rare hire from the bar as 18 Red Lion Court silk Jonathan Fisher joins the firm’s tax litigation and regulatory team. Fisher will start work at McGrigors in September, initially as an employed barrister but later as a partner when he requalifies as a solicitor. He will advise on business crime […]

DLA Piper Germany

DLA Piper Germany” />The expansion of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in Germany has mirrored the pace of the firm’s expansion as a whole. Since it was set up in 2004, DLA Piper’s German operation has grown from three to around 80 lawyers. From its start with just the one office in Cologne, it now […]

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