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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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CC Pünder loses four Warsaw partners

Clifford Chance Pünder’s Warsaw office is losing a team of lawyers to Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener. M&A partners Peter Daszkowski, Krzysztof Rastawicki and Siegfried Seewald and tax partner Lidia Dziurzynska will join Beiten Burkhardt before the end of April. A number of associates will go with them. The Beiten Burkhardt office, which will have […]

US-EMPLOYED UK IP LAWYERS

Dorsey & Whitney is not the first US firm to recruit UK intellectual property (IP) lawyers. Last April, Brobeck Hale and Dorr became the first US firm in the UK to venture outside London when it poached three partners from Morgan Cole to set up an office in Oxford. Then in May, Hammond Suddards (now […]

Brief encounter: Hausmann & associÉs

Last month, French firm Hausmann & Associés announced that it was merging with UK national firm Hammond Suddards Edge. Senior partner Christian Hausmann has finally found a firm that fits. Hausmanns was set up on 1 July 1995 and its name partner has been instrumental in establishing its reputation. Hausmann, who is German, has a […]

charterhouse shopping centre fund II

Rowe & Maw has acted for Charterhouse Specialist Investments (CSI) – a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings – for many years, but the relationship was consolidated when CSI retained Ashcroft Estates as its specialist property manager in the early 1990s. Rowe & Maw has acted on more than a dozen shopping centre acquisitions and disposals through […]

MoFo snatches Couderts capital markets partner

Morrison & Foerster‘s (MoFo) Hong Kong office has recruited a Coudert Brothers partner as it undergoes a management shakeup. Venantius Tan has been with US firm Couderts since 1993, working in the New York and Hong Kong offices, but will now join technology specialist MoFo. Tan concentrates on corporate and securities work, acting mainly for […]

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