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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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EC tightens the screw on mergers and monopolies

Companies doing business in Europe and their advisers are eagerly awaiting to hear the future of merger control regulation in Europe. One of the key questions has been whether the present threshold above which mergers have to be notified to the EC’s competition directorate, DGIV, will be lowered. In November, an amendment to reduce thresholds, […]

“You really wouldn't expect it of law firms”

The start of 1997 has not been good for personnel managers at law firms. First came the Freshfields trainee, Katherine Cawthorn, suing her firm for loss of career and claiming sex discrimination in the way she was treated on a business trip to Africa. Then there were details in the national press of young solicitor […]

Japanese airline brings Denton Hall on board

Denton Hall has been appointed to advise a new Japanese airline on all “international aspects” including financing a fleet of aircraft. The airline will be based in Sapporo, capital of the Hokkaido region in northern Japan. A name for the airline is yet to be decided but the consortium behind it is called Hokkaido Operations […]

Three partners for Squires' Prague set-up

Three of eleven partners appointed world wide by US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are based in the Prague office. Prague is the firm’s second largest European operation with over 70 staff concentrating largely on telecommunications privatisation and financing work. One of the three new appointees is Dr. Lubos Tichy, the former president of the […]

US lawyer returns to manage London office

David Smalley, former head of US firm Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office, has returned to the branch as managing partner. Smalley returned to the New York head office in September 1993 after three months as head of the London operation. “The way we tend to run our foreign offices is to staff them with people […]

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