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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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11 KBW hires chambers director

Lord Irvine’s former set 11 King’s Bench Walk has hired a chambers director to handle marketing and more administrative work following the set’s recruitment of eight tenants last October. Elizabeth Horsley joins from Butterworths, where she was group publisher of its general practice and public sector work for 12 years. Joint chambers head James Goudie […]

Real Estate and Projects

The Airline Group beats rival bidder Serco to become the Government’s strategic partner in the public private partnership for Britain’s air traffic control system. The Airline Group advised by Norton Rose (Alan Crookes). Serco advised by Altheimer & Gray (Anthony Fine). The Government advised by Slaughter and May (Mark Horton). National Air Traffic Services advised […]

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Carey Langlois becomes first Guernsey firm to open in City

Channel Islands firm Carey Langlois is opening an office in London to improve its service to English law firm clients. The firm is the largest in Guernsey and the first from the island to open in the UK. The office will initially be run by former Linklaters & Alliance tax partner David Greenhalgh, who joined […]

It ain’t over till it’s over

It has taken eight years for Lovelle’s litigation partner Chris Grierson to win the right for Deloitte & Touche to sue the Bank of England- but there’s more to come If only a Hollywood director had been called in to choreograph the end of the BCCI case. Picture it now: it is the end of […]

Totally divorced from reason

Last month saw the arrival of new EU divorce rules – Brussels 2 – which, according to many lawyers, could end up promoting break-ups rather than reconciliation. The new law sets out the basis for the jurisdiction in which a divorce will take place. According to Withers family law partner Mark Harper, the main principal […]

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