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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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FFW reports half-year revenue uptick of 7 per cent

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) half year global revenue has come in ahead of budget, ringing in at £49.9m. The figure is an increase of 7 per cent on its turnover of £46.8m at the same stage last year.   The firm’s managing partner Michael Chissick said that the final figure was just £137,000 short of […]

FCA publishes proposals on changes to the premium listing rules

On 5 November 2013, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a further consultation paper containing updated proposals on changes to the UK Listing Rules, focusing on premium listed companies with controlling shareholders. The consultation paper (CP 13/15) contained its views on responses to an earlier consultation published in October 2012 (CP 12/25) in the form […]

Slaughters criticised in court

Getting cosy with clients is part of the job right? That is what the High Court will decide when it looks at the relationship between Slaughter and May and Ernst & Young after a complaint by liquidators RSM Tenon. The liquidators have asked the court to intervene on the bills issued by Slaughters on the […]

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​Gymkhana London

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond finds taste as big as the price as Mayfair’s latest Indian fusion eatery Gymkhana Gymkhana. I can’t help but think of those Thelwell cartoons. Little fat girls on even fatter ponies. Events that happen in the Home Counties. Rosettes. That sort of thing. I don’t automatically think sophisticated curry-house in Mayfair. […]

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Mayer Brown continues City growth spurt with A&O hire

Mayer Brown has continued to ramp up its London partnership with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) employment partner Stefan Martin. The firm has made seven partner hires in London in less than two months, compared to five across the whole year in 2012. These new arrivals include ‎White & Cases’s international corporate finance […]

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