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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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Foot-and-Mouth is forcing the Lawyer to put his hands deep in his pockets for our Easter holiday, something he finds painful at any time of year. With much of Britain out of bounds, the cheap Welsh cottage we’d set our hearts on (well, the Lawyer’s heart was set on it, anyway) has gone to the […]

Escape to victory

SUSANNA FitzGerald QC is the woman responsible for bringing table dancers to Stringfellows. This tenant of magic circle commercial set One Essex Court, also happens to be one of the bar’s leading, if somewhat unconventional, licensing practitioners. FitzGerald has a unique brand of “bad girlness” which, in addition to representing the likes of Peter Stringfellow, […]

Paisner partners take the US dollar

Two top corporate partners are poised to leave Paisner & Co, just a month before the firm merges with Berwin Leighton. Stephen Nelson, who has been a partner at Paisner since 1986, and fellow corporate partner Paul Lewis are in discussions with their firm about the departure. Lewis has been a partner at Paisners since […]

Carnelutti hires to boost critical mass

Italian firm Studio Legale Carnelutti has hired two partners and six associates from boutique firm Barozza Disertori Manzato & Fabrizi. Paulo Barozzi and Filippo Disertori, both M&A, corporate and general commercial lawyers, join the firm as full equity partners on 1 April. They will be bringing clients with them, including some large Italian conglomerates and […]

The darling Buds' affray

Tulkinghorn would like to raise a glass to Marks & Clerk, which recently won a trademark battle that allows Czech brewers Budejovicky Budvar to continue to use its registered trademark of Bud. The brand is written in a particular script that US brewers Anheuser-Busch claims leads to confusion with its own Budweiser brand and “Bud” […]

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