This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 24 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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New UK NED regulations could help prevent next financial crisis, says Eversheds

Aleen Gulvanessian, partner and corporate governance specialist at Eversheds, has commented on the proposals for a new stringent city code affecting certain non-execs. Gulvanessian said: “The new regime is likely to make non-executive director (NED) candidates think long and hard about taking these key roles on the board or its committees. When we carried out our research […]

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Quinn Emanuel reports 33 per cent increase in London revenue for 2014

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has reported a 33 per cent bounceback in London office revenue for 2014, with turnover rising to £26.2m from £19.8m in 2013. The increase in revenue follows a 28 per cent drop in turnover between 2012 and 2013 (5 March 2014). In 2012 Quinn Emanuel recorded London turnover of £27.5m […]

Quinn returns to form, but will it make the Top 30?

Another week, another batch of US firm financial results. Today it’s the turn of DC giants WilmerHale and Arnold & Porter , both of which have continued the trend for improving financials. The latter firm grew its revenue by 1.2 per cent, boosting its total income from $686m to $694m in 2014, while net profit […]

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UK firms stand out in global legal services industry

Collective turnover at UK firms increased by 8.4 per cent to a record £30.6bn last year – accounting for 7 per cent of the $650bn (£419.6bn) global legal services fee revenue in 2013/14. A new report by TheCityUK, released at the Global Law Summit in London this morning (25 February) found that UK firms experienced […]

‘Abusive’ MP action dismissed thanks to Collyer Bristow “wise counsel”

Judge throws out ‘abusive’ civil action against Caroline Nokes. A judge at the London County Court has thrown out a legal action against Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, brought against her by the founder of Fathers4Justice and his wife.  Noakes was represented by Collyer Bristow partner Rhory Robertson, whom she thanked for his “wise counsel”.

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