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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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Holman snares CC’s sole shipping partner

Clifford Chance‘s last remaining shipping partner has left for Holman Fenwick & Willan. Head of shipping Mark Morrison will join Holman as a partner with his three-strong team, which includes associates Judith Prior, Sarra Kay and Amanda Rathbone. Clifford Chance is the last magic circle firm to drop its shipping practice. The departures follow a […]

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Tulkinghorn was amused to hear an associate tell the tale of a job interview he once had at Freshfields. Tulkinghorn was amused to hear an associate tell the tale of a job interview he once had at Freshfields. It went really badly, but at the end he was asked how much he’d spent on travelling […]

You know when you’ve been Trumped

13-Dec-07You know when you’ve been TrumpedAs Donald Trump brews up yet another storm across the Atlantic the ongoing saga surrounding his Scottish ambitions has taken an interesting turn. As Donald Trump brews up yet another storm across the Atlantic the ongoing saga surrounding his Scottish ambitions has taken an interesting turn. The Lawyer’s associate editor […]

Terra Firma instigates EMI legal review

The EMI Group is to undertake a review of its entire legal function following private equity group Terra Firma’s acquisition of the struggling music label in May. The move, which will involve a review of EMI’s 90 lawyers and paralegals, comes as Terra Firma attempts to make the company more cost-efficient. “We’ll be reviewing the […]

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