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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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Three Fountain Court faces dismissal claim

Collapsed Birmingham common law set Three Fountain Court is facing an unfair dismissal claim from its former senior clerk as regional rivals prepare to pounce on its members. The 50-member set voted on 7 July to dissolve and is due to close its doors at the end of July. Three Fountain Court recently dismissed senior […]

French corporate boutiques suffer as Anglo-Saxon firms thrive

France’s leading independent corporate firms Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier both saw a drop in income in an otherwise strong financial year in France. Anglo-Saxon law firms in Paris are winning business from Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey, which have traditionally dominated the French corporate market. Turnover dropped four per cent at Bredin […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

DLA hires GM GC to boost Chinese operations

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the former general counsel of Shanghai General Motors as a partner in its Shanghai office. Henry Wang is a US qualified lawyer with in depth experience of China’s motor industry. He also has experience in M&A, joint ventures or wholly foreign owned entities, IP, corporate financing, dispute resolution, […]

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On the critical list

Richard Burns has gone missing. The former senior partner of the UK’s most troubled firm, Hammonds, officially stepped down from his management role at the beginning of May; but since then little has been seen of him. In Burns’ absence, managing partner Peter Crossley has just about managed to hold the firm together – thanks […]

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