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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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Freshfields lands aviation consultant

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired the general counsel of air industry body Aviation Working Group (AWG) as a consultant. US lawyer Jeffrey Wool is secretary and general counsel at AWG, the industry body for legal and regulatory issues for aviation financing and leasing. He will continue his role at AWG, joining Freshfields’ London office as […]

Wealth club’s new member

Money, money, money. Go on, admit it, you’ve been gagging to know all the little nuggets revealed in The Lawyer’s very first Money Issue. The UK’s richest lawyer last year was Andrew Nulty of Warrington’s Avalon Solicitors. You might well ask: “Who?” Nulty heads a US-style ‘class action’ boutique that has almost literally appeared from […]

Mayer Brown names three-partner successor to chairman

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is set to name a three-partner “office of the chairman” when current chairman Ty Fahner steps down in May 2007. The firm’s management committee emailed the partnership today with a proposal that would name current general counsel James Holzhauer as chairman with UK managing partner Paul Maher and Washington DC […]

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