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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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Spitalfields Development brings in Nabarros and CC to review Norton Rose planning work

Clifford Chance and Nabarro Nathanson have been called in to give a second opinion on Norton Rose’s planning work on Spitalfields Market. Norton Rose failed to push a reserve application through for the commercial development after a small Cambridge firm forced Tower Hamlets Council to withdraw from a judicial review at the High Court (The […]

Former South Western Electricity lawyer joins Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors UK has appointed South Western Electricity’s former company secretary and solicitor as its new company secretary, with an additional remit covering legal and insurance matters. Robin Edmunds takes up the position at the Cirencester headquarters of the Colt Car Company, Mitsubishi’s official UK importer. He replaces Deidre Robinson, who is taking a career […]

Cravath Swaine & Moore sends in big gun to head London office

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is sending one of its most senior partners to London and considering an expansion into London M&A work. Rainmaker William Rogers will replace David Brown, the current head of the office, in the next few months, with a third partner to be drafted in within the next six […]

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There has been a spate of similar 3G deals recently, which firms with an either/or selection of specialties have been able to cash in on. They revolve around servicing the 3G broadband wireless networks and finding ways to set up masts and deal with the planning minefield. Here, EuroMast will use Railtrack’s property portfolio and […]

Valley of the Kings

How his classmates must be reeling. When Larry Sonsini shunned their moves to New York and went straight from law school to a four-lawyer firm in a suburb of San Francisco, they all thought he was crazy. Now he is the unrivalled leading lawyer in Silicon Valley, at the helm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & […]

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