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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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A VIEW FROM MADRID

Over the past year or so there has been an increasing number of international firms moving into Spain. Mobility among lawyers is on the up and the recruitment of high-calibre practitioners is becoming increasingly difficult. The Spanish legal market has become more attractive to major legal firms in the past few years. Simmons & Simmons, […]

REAL ESTATE AND PROJECTS

Eurosea Group and Park Plaza Hotels buy long lease of former office building to be converted into the Nottingham Park Plaza Hotel. Eurosea and Park Plaza Hotels advised by Tarlo Lyons (Philip Diamond, Jeremy Taylor assisted by Paul Murray). The vendor advised by Jerrard Saunders Donn (Warner Jerrard).

NHS hacks clinical negligence panel

The National Health Service is slashing at least six firms from its clinical negligence panel in a review of its legal services. It is believed that Trowers & Hamlins, Mills & Reeve, Scrivenger Seabrook, Le Brasseur J Tickle, Davies Arnold Cooper and Crutes are all taking part in an NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) debriefing process […]

Silicon Valley profits soar despite technology slump

Silicon Valley law firms made record profits last year despite enormous salary increases and a downturn in the technology market. A survey in Californian legal newspaper The Recorder shows that the Bay Area’s top 10 firms had a combined revenue of more than $3bn (£2bn) in 2000, an $800m (£540m) increase on 1999. US firms […]

Oppenhoff reels from IP partner exodus

Oppenhoff & Rädler’s Cologne office is losing four of its intellectual property (IP) partners, leading to speculation that the firm is winding down its IP practice. Rainer Jacobs is setting up his own practice in Cologne and Joachim Wessel is joining BBLP Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener in Düsseldorf where he will establish an IP […]

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