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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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Partner Isabel de Otaola y Ubieta has joined the firm from KPMG’s Spanish law firm to take over leadership of the Madrid-based tax team. The position she fills became vacant following the departure of Abelardo Delgado to Arthur Andersen’s law firm Garrigues & Andersen, which has 43 tax partners. Otaola y Ubieta specialised in acquisitions […]

New media partners for Akin Gump

Steve Fayne and John Burke boast an impressive client list including the Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank. In recent years the pair have branched out and now advise producers, distributors and studios on financing. The move comes just days after Akin Gump announced the labour lawyer, Howard Fabrick – poached from Proskauer Rose […]

Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland’s Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate’s power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights. With the 129 temporary sheriffs declared invalid in the landmark ruling, the courts now face a daunting shortage […]

Last derivatives partner abandons B & M

Highly rated derivatives and structured finance partner Schuyler Henderson is leaving Baker & McKenzie after 10 years to join Norton Rose early in the new year. Just under a month ago David Green, a banking and finance partner at Baker & McKenzie also left the firm to join Goldman Sachs International as senior derivatives counsel. […]

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