This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 22 March 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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BLP launches Hong Kong arbitration practice with bolt-on of local firm Haley & Co

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has created its first arbitration practice in Hong Kong by hiring a team of nine lawyers from boutique construction and arbitration firm Haley & Co in Hong Kong, including three of the firm’s four partners. The bolt-on means the firm has added to its Asian arbitration capability in Singapore, to add […]

Alan de Saram Partner

de Saram, Alan

Alan de Saram heads up the corporate and commercial and investment funds departments of Collas Crill & CARD in the Cayman Islands. He advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of company and commercial law, with an emphasis on securities, investment funds, private equity structures and transactions generally. His practice also includes all areas […]

Labour admits plans for “in-depth reform” of judicial review ahead of election manifesto

Labour shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter MP has pledged the party will immediately repeal Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling’s reforms to judicial review if elected in May, but will impose a programme of “more in-depth reform” of its own on the judicial process [continues] Also on TheLawyer.com: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan bounced back in London […]

Five Watson Farley public law lawyers join Wragge Lawrence Graham in Paris

A five-strong public law team from international law firm Watson Farley & Williams has joined Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s Paris office. Partners Jérôme Pentecoste and Emmanuel Paillard join the firm, along with associates Julie Vuagnoux and Paul Peyret and assistant Sonia Gomez. Pentecoste has worked with public authorities, private operators and financial institutions for 20 years, and has extensive experience of PPP. Advising key […]

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