This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 03 February 2015

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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Autohome Inc. on its secondary offering

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Autohome Inc. and BVI legal advice to the BVI subsidiary in connection with a secondary offering in the US of 1,500,000 class A ordinary shares. Autohome Inc is an online destination for automobile consumers in China. Anna Chong of Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised […]

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Goodwin Procter builds on 2013 growth with 4.4 per cent revenue increase

Goodwin Procter’s 2014 year-end results show a 4.4 per cent growth in revenue to $785.5m (£521.5m), according to figures released by the firm. Revenue per lawyer increased by 6.2 per cent to $1.04m, while profits per partner grew by 7.4 per cent from $1.6m to $1.7m. The rise follows a 5 per cent increase in […]

BLP backs diversity agenda with election of Lisa Mayhew as managing partner

 Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s votes are in – the person who will replace outgoing Neville Eisenberg as managing partner is employment head Lisa Mayhew. Mayhew will take over from Eisenberg in May this year after just a year in the role of employment chief. Her rise to BLP’s top job has been rapid; she only […]

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Al Tamimi forges Egyptian association to access investment opportunities

Middle East firm Al Tamimi & Company has agreed an association with an Egyptian firm in a bid to take advantage of the country’s improving outlook despite continuing political unrest. Al Tamimi partner Mohamed Khodeir is teaming up with Egyptian firm Nour & Taha to lead the new arrangement, rebadged as Khodeir Nour & Taha […]

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DAC Beachcroft departures stack up in Madrid

Longstanding DAC Beachcroft (DACB) Madrid lead partner Pablo Wesolowski has left the firm to join 11 former colleagues at Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD). According to DACB’s website, it leaves the firm’s Madrid office with a total of 13 lawyers, including partners José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos, Enrique Gich and José María Pimentel. Wesolowski joins 11 former DACB […]

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