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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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Litigation: Hearing aid

Solicitors must be given greater freedom to take their clients’ cases all the way to the High Court. By Simon Davis Restrictions are unreasonably imposed on the freedom of clients to choose a solicitor to act as their advocate in court. Those restrictions should be removed. A litigation solicitor can appear at employment tribunals where […]

Legal recruiter joins asb law

Justin Ede, the founder and director of legal search company Carrington Legal, has joined asb law as head of its commercial litigation practice. Ede, who will report to head of dispute resolution Richard Mumford, will be the fifth partner in the practice and will head a team of 12 lawyers. He will also remain as […]

Working towards a healthy (business) climate

Anthony Hobley, head of climate change and carbon finance, Norton Rose Watching recent news reports of weatherrelated chaos from around the world, you could be forgiven for thinking that we have left it too late to tackle climate change. In recent weeks we have seen pictures of floods in China, India and Asia causing massive […]

Freshfields sweats on Bloxham claim verdict

THE HEARING of age discrimination claims brought by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ex-insolvency partner Peter Bloxham against his former firm came to an end last week with news that all parties would have an agonising wait for a judgment over the summer. Bloxham’s claim is the first action from a former partner that Freshfields has faced […]

Lovells guides Axa through motor insurance securitisation

Lovells has strengthened its ties with insurance company Axa by advising on its latest securitisation. The Lovells team, led by capital markets practice area head Sharon Lewis, advised the firm and its French, German, Italian and Spanish subsidiaries on the €450m (£302m) securitisation of Axa’s pan-European motor insurance portfolio. Lovells first advised Axa in 2005 […]

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