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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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Nörr launches New York office

German firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz is set to open a liason office in New York next week in order to strengthen its referral relationships with US law firms and target US law firms direct. The office will be headed up by Ronald Frohne who is currently joint managing partner of the firm. Frohne will be […]

Ashfords launches Bristol team

Ashfords, comprising the former Exeter, London, Plymouth, Taunton and Tiverton arms of Bevan Ashford, is expanding its new Bristol office by establishing a corporate recovery, turnaround and insolvency team to be headed by partner David Pomeroy. He will relocate from Exeter to Bristol to lead the team and will be joined by associate Alan Bennett.

Pillsbury offloads insurance litigation team ahead of merger

Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pitman have made their first bold move to offload unwanted practices sending a 20-lawyer insurance litigation team to Hunton & Williams. The group of four partners, one counsel and fifteen associates are led by Walter Andrews and Lon Berk, who will join Hunton & Williams’ Northern Virginia office. […]

Orrick in fresh raid on Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has made a second dramatic raid on Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group, securing a further four technology partners. Partners Don Keller, Tom Tobiason, Mark Windfeld-Hanson and Mitch Zuklie will join Orrick’s Silicon Valley office. The move comes just a month after Orrick took five technology partners from Heller Ehrman Venture Law […]

Court of Appeal plays supporting role to under-fire actuarial firms

A recent Court of Appeal decision has given actuarial consultancies a glimmer of hope amid an increasing trend for pension funds to sue their advisers. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and John Wardell QC of Wilberforce Chambers secured victory for actuarial firm William M Mercer, which was being sued by Irish company Precis over advice […]

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