This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 7 December 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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Former Linklaters corporate chief Jeremy Parr to become Jardine Matheson GC

Linklaters’ former global corporate head Jeremy Parr is to become general counsel at trading company Jardine Matheson Holdings, replacing outgoing Giles White who is to retire at the end of July 2015. White has been at the Hong Kong-headquartered company since he replaced retiring Jonathan Gould in 2009, and was previously Asia managing partner for […]

DLA Piper appoints two real-estate lawyers to Perth and Brisbane offices

DLA Piper has announced the appointment of two real-estate lawyers to its partnership. Eagul Faigen and Tim Mathers join the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright and Herbert Smith Freehills respectively, and will commence in the firm’s Perth and Brisbane offices on 2 February 2015. Faigen advises on large-scale capital transactions, real-estate developments and complex high-end […]

Eversheds sponsors Trinity College Charity Fashion Show

Eversheds has sponsored the recent Trinity College Charity Fashion Show, which took place on 26 November in the Generator Hostel in Dublin. In aid of Samaritans Ireland and Movember Cancer Research, the Trinity Fashion Society presented the catwalk looks for 2015.  

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