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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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Novartis

Novartis UK has replaced Sally Shorthose, who left to join Clyde & Co along with a former colleague from AstraZeneca. Shorthose’s old colleague Sally Jennings had already left the UK arm of electronics and computer company Dell to take up the appointment as general counsel.

Buchanans woos Eversheds’ Halliday

Buchanan Ingersoll is continuing its aggressive City recruitment drive by hiring Eversheds‘ former head of international banking. The US firm’s London office has taken on David Halliday to head its European banking practice. Halliday announced earlier this year that he was quitting Eversheds without a new firm to go to. The national firm has yet […]

Berwin Leighton elects new managing partner

Eisenberg, who is 37, begins his three-year term this month. He replaces Bob Jones, who is returning to fee earning in the corporate department after a single term in the job. The election, which took place on Monday, was contested but Jones did not stand for re-election. Eisenberg is a partner in the corporate department. […]

Arthur Cox appoints new managing partner

McCague replaces Ian Scott who will resume practice within the firm as a partner in the industrial and commercial property department. McCague has been with Arthur Cox for ten years. The 38-partner firm has offices in Dublin, Belfast and New York. Chairman, James O’Dwyer says: “Eugene is taking over from Ian at a stage when […]

Simmons & Simmons boosts its Italian and Hong Kong presence

Simmons & Simmons has boosted its international corporate and financial practices in Italy and Hong Kong, taking on two new partners. Richard McKeown is joining the Hong Kong office from Stephenson Harwood, where he has been a partner since 1995. He specialises in banking and finance law, including domestic and cross-border financing, capital market issues, […]

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