This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 15 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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Bird & Bird and Eversheds boost law firm consultancy market

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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advises GlaxoSmithKline on $675m life sciences deal

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Former SEC chair Mary Schapiro joins Axiom’s board of directors

Axiom, provider of technology-enabled legal services, has announced that Mary Schapiro has joined its board of directors.  Schapiro is one of the world’s best known and most respected financial regulators. Mary Schapiro was chairman of the SEC from 2009 to 2012.  She also served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), President of the NASD and […]

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