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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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Watson Farley & Williams has recruited a partner from Goodwin Procter in Hong Kong as it finalises its plan to open an office in the city. The firm has hired corporate finance partner Loretta Lau from Goodwin Procter’s Hong Kong office, which opened in 2008. Lau, who is qualified in Hong Kong and England, joined […]

Sidley Austin raids raft of firms for Houston energy launch

Sidley Austin is to open a Houston base that will focus on energy-related work, staffed by partners hired from firms including Akin Gump, Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins. The office will initially be staffed by seven founding partners. They are: Mark Glasser, until now a partner and co-chair of the energy litigation section at […]

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Lost in translation

Court interpreters row raises spectre of miscarriages of justice When the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced on 30 January that it was launching a new interpreter service for courts in England and Wales it probably did not anticipate the backlash that would follow. Around 60 per cent of the 2,300 interpreters from the National Register […]

Ex-Slaughters partner joins Amarchand management team

India’s biggest law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co has announced the appointment of ex-Slaughter and May partner George Goulding as one of two outside consultants on its management committee. Goulding joins the committee along with former Boston Consulting Group (BCG) partner James Abraham. The pair will each commit at least […]

Singapore goes Singaporous for international firms

Singapore has relaxed its restrictions on foreign law firms entering the chewing gum-free city state in a bid to become more competitive. Singapore has relaxed its restrictions on foreign law firms entering the chewing gum-free city state in a bid to become more competitive.The rules will make it easier for barristers to appear before Singapore […]

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