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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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Greenberg Traurig opens Denver office

The firm has poached six lawyers from local practice, Freeborn & Peters to run the office, including partners Ken Witt – who will head up the new practice – and Josiah Hatch and Mark Heimlich. The new office will focus on emerging businesses in the IT sector, corporate finance and securities and fund formation. The […]

Law Lords to hear SA challenge

The compensation hopes of thousands of South Africans suffering from asbestos-related diseases now rest with the House of Lords. The Law Lords have agreed to hear a final challenge to earlier court orders that the compensation claims should be heard in South Africa rather than the UK High Court. Lawyers representing the South Africans argued […]

Five UK firms win places on German giant's panel

German banking giant Commerzbank AG has appointed its first panel of law firms to handle its growing number of UK legal issues. Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Cameron McKenna and Theodore Goddard have won places on the panel after a beauty parade at the beginning of this year. Richard Caird, Commerzbank’s head of legal […]

Francies wins place on Weil Gotshal committee

Weil Gotshal & Manges has elected Mike Francies to its management committee, after the shock departure of Maurice Allen. The appointment to the 13-member committee will cement Francies’ position as head of the firm’s London office, a role he previously shared with office founder Allen who quit the firm on 28 January (The Lawyer, 31 […]

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