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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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DWF posts 12.5 per cent half-year fees hike

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London gains six new partners in Latham promos

Latham & Watkins has promoted 30 lawyers to its partnership, with the London office getting six new partners. In London, IP lawyer Gail Crawford, litigator Stephen Fietta, finance specialists Reena Gogna and Andy Kolacki as well as corporate lawyers Antti Ihamuotila and Jeffrey Lawlis all made the cut. Latham managing partner Robert Dell (pictured) said: […]

SRA begins final consultation on qualified lawyers transfer scheme

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a final consultation into the new ‘qualified lawyers transfer scheme’ (QLTS). The SRA caused controversy earlier this year when it sought to put in place interim qualified lawyers transfer test measures while the initiative was finalised (The Lawyer, 11 February). At the time the College of Law and […]

Safety measures: de-risking pension schemes

For employers and trustees looking to ‘de-risk’ their pension schemes, the emergence of a series of inventive approaches to dealing with liabilities offer them genuine opportunities to achieve their goals. By Ian Cormican and Caroline Legg With the majority of final salary pension schemes now closed to new entrants and a sizeable number closed to […]

Bingham hires Clifford Chance DC head

Bingham McCutchen has raided Clifford Chance to bulk up its US litigation capabilities, hiring the magic circle firm’s Washington DC office head as well as two litigation partners. Leiv Blad, who headed Clifford Chance’s DC office, will join the antitrust and trade regulation group in Bingham’s DC office together with partners Jon Roellke and Boyd […]

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