This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 2nd February 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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BLP’s Eisenberg: the magic circle has been undercutting us

For Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg one of the most frustrating things is not the extraordinary 40 per cent slump in PEP in 2012/13 or the 20-odd partner departures over 18 months, but undercutting by major City firms on pitches. “One of the things we found during that year was a degree […]

Pensions issues for multinationals: 2013 in review

Last year was packed with national and international pensions developments. It can be difficult for corporate multinationals to keep track of the shifting landscapes in all the countries where they operate, as well as keeping up with developments on the wider European and global scene. At the end of 2013, Allen & Overy asked seven […]

Scherini, Giorgio

Giorgio Scherini is a founding partner of Lexellent. He regularly advises national and international businesses on trade union negotiations, collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts, individual and collective dismissals and transfers of business. He is also particularly well versed at representing clients in the Italian courts and in Italian Employment Tribunals. A member of the Italian […]

The ins and outs of insider trading — part one

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission’s (ASIC’s) recent announcement that a technology systems upgrade will enable it to watch and tag trades by individual investors is a timely reminder that companies and persons in possession of ‘inside information’ need to be aware of the law governing its use and disclosure. This client update briefly describes the general […]

Employment law 2014 preview: family friendly

All employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more will have the right to request flexible working, rather than just parents or carers. As a result, employers may see a rise in the number of requests. In addition, the current statutory procedure that governs the right to request flexible working will […]

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