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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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Paris Smith acts on HMS acquisition

South Coast firm Paris Smith & Randall has advised on the £22m acquisition of Hazard Management Solutions (HMS), a UK company specialising in terrorist threat advice to global clients. The company was bought by Vanguard Response Systems, part of the international counter-terrorist equipment systems provider Allen-Vanguard Corporation, which was advised by Reading firm Morgan Cole. […]

Norton Rose cements easyJet links with BA takeover

Norton Rose has consolidated its position as corporate adviser for budget-airline easyJet in its £103.5m purchase of British Airways (BA) franchisee GB Airways. Norton Rose has traditionally been easyJet’s corporate adviser and has remained in this position despite being only one of 10 firms appointed to Easyjet’s legal panel in July 2007. The panel also […]

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Gianni Origoni torn in two as 100 quit

Leading Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has split, losing up to a third of its lawyers and partners. It is understood that senior partner Francesco Gianni has sacked a number of high-ranking partners, including managing partner Giovanni Nardulli and banking head Alberto Giampieri, after a clashes over the firm’s strategy. The departing partners […]

How do I build a future in IP?

I’m a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I am kind of going nowhere and am worried that I may be sidelined as the firm is focusing on corporate and finance. Question: I’m a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I […]

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