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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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National Organization for Women honours DLA Piper’s Heidi Levine

DLA Piper’s Heidi Levine, co-managing partner of the New York office and co-chair of the New York mass torts practice, has been honoured by the National Organization for Women (NOW-NYC) at its 2014 Women of Power and Influence Awards dinner on 11 June at the Hilton New York. The annual gala honours women who have excelled in […]

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Edwards Wildman loses partner to Orrick as speculation mounts over London office

Orrick is hiring a corporate partner from the London office of Edwards Wildman as speculation mounts about additional exits from the US firm. Orrickhas hired Shawn Atkinson, a private equity and emerging company specialist whose clients include Bessemer Venture Partners, ABRY Partners and Greenspring Associates. Atkinson was also co-chair of the venture capital group, the cross-border […]

Edwards Wildman London partners threaten to walk over pay

Edwards Wildman currently finds itself in an unusual situation. According to sources, the US firm’s London office has done so magnificently well that several of its corporate partners have had enough; they’ve had a great year, and they want the cash to show for it. The problem is, they can’t get it. The US firm […]

Christopher Hotten QC from No5 Chambers prosecutes baby murder

Christopher Hotten QC from No5 Chambers has prosecuted in the case of the murder of a two-month-old baby. Tyler Vallance, 21, Redditch, has pleaded guilty to killing his baby daughter, Isabella Vallance, on 12 December 2012. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. Hotten QC, prosecuting, said: ‘We […]

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The Lawyer Management Guide: Finance

Finance professionals are in the spotlight as The Lawyer Management asks: What’s a decent profit? Earlier this week we highlighted the imminent publication of The Lawyer Management Guide: Delivering Legal Services Differently with a short excerpt on knowledge management. Today it’s the turn of finance professionals to come under the spotlight. In today’s blog, three […]

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