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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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20 Essex Street has for many years been involved in some of the most significant cases in this area. These have included: the bank charges litigation; assorted ‘credit crunch’ litigation arising out of the collapses of Lehmans, Kaupthing, MF Globaland other financial institutions; the RBS rights issue litigation; the Cukurova FINCARs litigation; and leading cases […]

International arbitration

20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has an exclusive team of 18 leading international arbitrators from around the globe. In addition, the set has 60 barrister members who act as advocates and arbitrators under all of the world’s major institutions’ auspices. The firm’s high-quality silks and juniors deal […]

Ashurst and Bird & Bird among firms to win Santander panel spots

While so many in-house teams seem to be cutting the number of firms appointed to their legal panel, Santander has been doing exactly the opposite. The bank has upped the total number of firms on its main roster from 24 to 30. But that doesn’t mean it’s been giving lawyers an easy ride. The bank […]

Khaitan successfully represents claimant in damaged billets dispute

Khaitan & Co has successfully represented Al Jazeera Steel Products Company SAOG (the claimant), which had entered into an agreement with Shreeyam Power (an Indian entity) for the supply of 2,000 mega tonnes of prime alloy steel billets. The dispute was in relation to consignment of billets that were received in damaged condition from Shreeyam […]

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The long, hard road to Morocco

A diverse range of law firms are now battling for work in the former French bastion The balance of power in the Moroccan legal market has shifted. Whereas the jurisdiction was once the fiefdom of the French, exploiting historic links with the Francophone North African kingdom, it has developed into a multi-tiered market where Anglo-Saxon […]

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