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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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Birchams lures CC man to realise corporate ambitions

Bircham Dyson Bell has dipped into the magic circle to boost its corporate team. The ambitious Westminster firm has recruited Clifford Chance corporate senior associate Bruce Jones as a partner. Birchams head of corporate Paul Voller said: “The hire’s part of our strategy to significantly develop our presence in the corporate finance market. The corporate […]

Thompsons overhauls management

Trade-union and personal injury specialist Thompsons has a new chief executive and has created the new post of executive chair. Current CEO Geoff Shears moves into the new executive chair role, while client director Stephen Cavalier, formerly the head of the firm’s employment rights group, takes Shears’ place as CEO. Cavalier commented: “It’s a balance […]

Dewey, Orrick focus on London despite merger negotiations

Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s London offices remain focused on their respective independent growth strategies, despite last week’s confirmation that the two US heavyweights are in merger talks. As revealed on https://www.thelawyer.com (12 September), the two US firms’ respective chairmen, Morton Pierce and Ralph Baxter, confirmed that the firms are in preliminary ongoing […]

Going solo – the best route to partnership?

Ambitious lawyers want to attain partnership in a firm for a variety of reasons, both personal and financial. But what is the best route to achieving this goal? And what about those with an entrepreneurial spirit? Is the satisfaction greater still in going your own way and starting your own firm from scratch?This question has […]

NTL adds finance nous with in-house additions

NTL has hired two new in-house lawyers to strengthen its internal M&A and finance capability. The company has hired Scott Dresser and Ruchi Kaushal as assistant general counsel in the London office, reporting directly to general counsel Bryan HallDresser joined from US reinsurance company White Mountains Re Group, prior to which he was at Morgan […]

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