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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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Media boutique Schillings has been growing its client base again. A few months ago we found them acting for GlaxoSmithKline against animal rights extremists on an unusual emergency injunction against persons unknown. Now name partner Keith Schilling is acting for the Law Society on its last-minute ex parte injunction on the new disclosure rules for […]

Readies waiting?

Whether law firms want to become LLPs is one issue but who are these potential investors and what do they get out of it? Simon Prideaux reports The proposals in the draft Legal Services Bill open up a wide spectrum of new funding opportunities for law firms. These range from allowing key non-lawyer employees to […]

Sony BMG appeals merger clearance reversal

Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music are appealing against the Court of First Instance judgment, which overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between the two companies. The Commission cleared the merger between BMG and Sony, advised by Slaughter and May and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton respectively, in July 2004. However, […]

Weightmans captures RAC lawyer

Weightmans has recruited head of legal services Bavita Rai from the RAC to become the firm’s first-ever head of litigation operations. Rai joins Weightmans as a partner. Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul said: “Bavita has the right skills. She’s worked in commerce and has experience in this industry. She’s also a very personable individual.” The […]

CC transfers 300 jobs to India in £30m cost-cutting drive

Clifford Chance is set to move 300 jobs to India as it targets more cost-savings of up to £30m. The magic circle firm is looking to launch a shared service centre in Delhi which will comprise part of the global finance and IT support function. Accordingly, the firm is about to enter consultation with its […]

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