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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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UK NEWCOMER Weil, Gotshal & Manges has cut ties with its London associates Nabarro Nathanson. But both firms maintain the split was amicable, claiming there will be limited competition between the two. Nabarro’s senior partner David Bramson said the practice, which first established links with the New York firm five years ago, would not enter […]

Firm forges Hong Kong connections

LONDON firm Lawrence Graham has formed an association with two-year-old Hong Kong practice Koo and Partners. The deal, which gives the firm its first presence on the Asian market, has been struck to raise the international profile of both practices. Lawrence Graham senior partner Gavin Purser said it was expected both businesses would develop through […]

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Rather like Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman, the species once known as the locum solicitor has transformed itself into the freelance solicitor. Our super-hero is busy helping law firms provide a low-cost quality service to their clients without incurring huge overheads. And at the same time is pursuing a respectable alternative career to the wage […]

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