This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 16th March 2014

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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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PLMJ sets up Swiss presence to target HNWI work

Portuguese firm PLMJ has set up a Swiss desk and opened an office in Lausanne in response to increasing amounts of work involving private clients with assets in Switzerland. The initiative is led by partner Nuno Cunha Barnabé, who was recently admitted to practise in the canton of Vaud and is now spending several days a […]

Canada ratifies tax information exchange agreement with BVI

The Canadian government has ratified a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with the British Virgin Islands (BVI), paving the way for significant tax benefits for Canadian companies that establish subsidiaries in this jurisdiction. The Canada-BVI TIEA came into force on 11 March 2014… Click on the link below to read the rest of the Conyers […]

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Employment tribunal rejects ABN Amro lawyer’s racial discrimination claims

The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a former ABN Amro lawyer’s unfair dismissal claim against the bank but thrown out her 41 allegations of racial discrimination. Angela Cobbina, formerly a senior lawyer at the UK branch of the Dutch bank, blamed her employer for her miscarriage last year and said she was hounded out […]

NCTM hosts domestic reception prior to annual INTA meeting

In anticipation of the 136th annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) — a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks, drawing on 6,600 organisations from 190 countries — set to take place in Hong Kong on 12 May, NCTM Studio Legale Associato will host Italy’s pre-annual meeting at its Milan office. […]

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