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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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Laytons hikes IP with Lochners link-up

Niche technology practice Lochners has merged with national firm Laytons. The move creates the largest intellectual property (IP) team in the South East.Managing partner of Laytons’ Guildford office Chris Taylor said: “We hope to be recognised as the number one law firm for IP in the South of England, excluding London.”All three Lochners partners – […]

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Wilmer Cutler’s acquisition of the delightfully-named Quack – the last remaining part of Gaedertz – shows what US firms in Germany can achieve outside the glare of Frankfurt. Wilmer Cutler set up in Berlin at a time when the city was a legal backwater dominated by old-school firms. For the rest of the decade Andreas […]

Goodbodys on financial project for Irish govt

Dublin firm A&L Good-body has won a mandate from the Irish government to create a single regulatory authority for financial services. The firm was one of four invited to tender for the project. The Ministry of Finance said it was chosen on the basis of cost and “the level and depth of experience and comprehensiveness […]

Linklaters hikes Tokyo with Sullivan lawyer

Linklaters & Alliance has boosted its Tokyo office with the hire of a second US securitisation partner. Mark Hunsaker has left Sullivan & Cromwell to join Linklaters. His arrival comes as a response to an expanding portfolio of US-related capital markets work.The appointment is also the first since Terence Kyle assumed responsibility for developing Linklaters’ […]

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