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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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Banking & Finance Special Report: Bank checks

The recent turmoil in the banking sector has prompted a new regulatory regime aimed at reducing the impact of failed banks. By Nicola Evans Recent events have highlighted a ;number ;of ;serious ­weaknesses ;in ;the ;UK ­regulatory framework. As a consequence, the Treasury, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Bank of England (BoE) have […]

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Postcard from… Abu Dhabi

In the latest in our Postcards from… series, Ashurst partner David Wadham discusses schooling, AC and mini-rugby in Abu Dhabi. I’ve been in Abu Dhabi with my family for over five years now. When we first arrived, Abu Dhabi had a much quieter feel and a very low profile in the international media. I joined […]

Addleshaws recruits DLA Piper partner for regulatory strategy

Addleshaw Goddard has bulked up its financial regulation group with the lateral hire of a partner from DLA Piper. John Ahern is set to join Addleshaws just as the firm finalises the departures of 19 partners from its ranks. In January the firm announced that it was trimming its partnership after deciding it had too […]

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DLA Piper lambasted by staff over payoffs

The scale of unrest at DLA Piper has been revealed in the minutes of a meeting between senior staff and employee representatives regarding the firm’s redundancy programme. The meeting was held shortly after the firm last month announced that it was to lose 30 lawyers and 110 support staff in the latest round of cuts. […]

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DLA Piper lambasted by staff over payoffs

The scale of unrest at DLA Piper has been revealed in the minutes of a meeting between senior staff and employee representatives regarding the firm’s redundancy programme. The meeting was held shortly after the firm last month announced that it was to lose 30 lawyers and 110 support staff in the latest round of cuts. […]

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