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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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David Krischer: Allen & Overy

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?An all-day Saturday conference at One New Change, London, many years ago. Allen & Overy” />Name: David Krischer Firm: Allen & Overy (A&O) Title: Global head of international capital markets Lives: Kingston Education: Northwestern University, Chicago; Oxford University Work history: 1982-85: Associate, Hoffman & Davis, Chicago […]

ITMA and LawSoc settle trade mark battle

The Law Society and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) have settled a row over the use of the title “trade mark attorney”, reaching an agreement through mediation. The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys had intended to trade mark the term “trade mark attorney” last year but was opposed by the Law Society. The […]

Freshfields scoops raft of Chinese deals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hedged any effects of the credit crunch by landing key roles on five headline equity capital markets (ECM) deals out of China this week. The magic circle firm has advised on three IPOs and two fundraisings this week in the region, where it has around 40 lawyers advising on ECM and […]

Norton Rose’s grooming room

Tulkinghorn would advise US law firm Baker Botts to cordon off an area in its London outfit. The area in question is the former office of corporate finance partner Andrei Yakovlev, who quit after just two months at the Texan firm for Norton Rose. Before Yakovlev had his short stint in that room, partner Jo […]

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