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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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Last week, the president of the Law Society accused our industrial tribunals of collaborating in a “racket”. This accusation, if true, would be a serious indictment of our system of justice. Fortunately, it is not true, indeed it is rooted in a profound misunderstanding of the issues and presents a deeply distorted picture. Martin Mears […]

Could Mudge Rose have been rescued?

WITH less than three months to go until the doors slam shut on yet another US law firm, the New York legal market has again become flush with attorneys looking for new professional homes. In the weeks surrounding its 2 October dissolution decision 126-year-old Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon released almost 200 lawyers onto […]

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Make a Will Week raises its profile

Making or not making a will, can have dramatic consequences. The recent dispute over the will of actress Jill Bennett may be considered fortunate timing as ‘Make a Will Week’ looms. In this case one solicitors firm denied liability for negligence in not having her will executed. The Bennett case follows an action – White […]

In brief: Theodore Goddard comes clean

City firm Theodore Goddard has come top in the Clean City Awards. Organised by the Corporation of London, the awards are designed to encourage businesses to look at how they manage their waste and help make the City a safer, cleaner and more pleasant place. Receiving the award at a Guildhall ceremony, Simon Stubbings, managing […]

Ex-barrister takes helm at Wragges

FORMER barrister Quentin Poole has been named as the new managing partner of Birmingham firm Wragge & Co, 14 years after switching to the solicitor’s profession. Poole takes over from Christopher Hughes who returns full-time to the corporate department. Hughes, described by Poole as one of the region’s “hard-hitters”, previously held the post for two […]

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