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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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The great tax distraction

Firms wrestle with HMRC salaried partner proposals before April deadline HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) new salaried partner tax proposals have kicked off a raft of tax reviews and consultations at firms as partners attempt to make sense of the legislation before the 6 April deadline. The proposals leave firms potentially facing a significantly higher […]

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Law firms make up 10 per cent of Stonewall top 100

Ten law firms have made it into the top 100 of this year’s LGBT charity Stonewall’s audit of the most gay-friendly employers. The increase from eight law firms making it into the ranking last year (16 January 2013), and seven in 2012 (11 January 2012), indicates a consistent improvement in the sector’s approach to equality. […]

It’ll be Hot in the City tonight

Deep breath: What do Mayer Brown, Dentons, Debevoise & Plimpton, Fried Frank, Hogan Lovells, Covington & Burling, Reed Smith, Weil Gotshal, Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray, Dechert and Squire Sanders have in common? No, this isn’t some Gollum-style riddle, although the answer is really quite simple once you know and indeed it is something […]

Goodman Derrick’s technology group advises in relation to three fundraisings

During 2013, Goodman Derrick’s technology group had lead roles in relation to three equity fundraisings for technology companies. The first of these was a venture capital investment into a disruptive insurance technology company, REG, which had developed an online platform for the insurance sector, enabling insurers, Lloyds managing agents, brokers and managing general agents to […]

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