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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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Winston to expand after partner exits

Chicago-based firm Winston & Strawn is to focus on rebuilding its domestic practice and expanding in Asia and Europe following a management reshuffle and a spate of partner losses. Chairman James Thompson told The Lawyer that Winston was looking to grow its New York and California presences at the same time as researching new opportunities […]

Steptoe rehires Bush trade expert

Former Steptoe & Johnson international trade partner Peter Lichtenbaum has returned to the firm after a stint in President Bush’s administration.Lichtenbaum left Steptoe in August 2003 to become assistant secretary of commerce for export administration. His role covered US dual-use export control policy and a variety of governement-related trade and security initiatives. Lichtenbaum was previously […]

Management

Matt Byrne on the month in management: Prospect of law firm floats edges closer; All change as Childs takes the reins at Clifford Chance; Dewey tries to keep remaining London partners on-side as BLP snares duo; A&O projects partners’ equity points whittled down as US dollar remains weak Law firm floats rise up the agenda […]

Pinsent Masons partner facing murder charge

The founder of Pinsent Masons‘ Manchester office Christopher Lumsden is on trial charged with murdering his wife. Lumsden, a banking and finance partner from Altrincham, Cheshire, is accused of stabbing 53-year-old Alison Lumsden to death on 16 March last year. Lumsden is being represented by Burton Copeland, led by partner Mike Mackie. Peter Birkett of […]

Davis Polk and Milbank join in wage hike trend

Two more New York firms have raised their associate salaries, suggesting the recent wave of rises among West Coast firms is being mirrored in the east. Davis Polk & Wardwell and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy increased associate pay on Wednesday (8 February) by $20,000 (£11,000) across the board, with first-years due to receive $145,000 […]

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