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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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Recruitment firm collapses

Nottingham-based legal head-hunter Wellman-Smith Central is talking to liquidators with a view to putting itself into voluntary liquidation. The two founders, husband and wife Karl Wellman-Smith and Liz Mitra, will go it alone as a partnership after the restructuring, specialising in executive search services for lawyers. The move comes as the legal recruitment market is […]

Eversheds ponders its global strategy

EVERSHEDS is looking to expand in Europe and the Far East, either by opening its own offices or by linking up with an existing international alliance. Chairman Keith James said the firm would be appointing three senior partners “as soon as we can” to form a committee charged with the task of “implementing its international […]

Are law firms recruiting for the short term?

In the week following The Lawyer’s graduate law fair, which was attended by 5,000 young hopefuls, Chris Fogarty asks if law firms have got their recruitment policies right yet Business is booming for large law firms, young lawyers are in demand and recruitment companies are riding a wave of healthy profits. So is everybody happy? […]

Denton Hall loses team of eight to niche firm Llewelyn Zietman

In a major coup, the fast-growing niche IP practice Llewelyn Zietman has almost doubled, with the poaching of an eight-strong litigation team from Denton Hall, including highly-regarded partner James Irvine. Irvine’s team includes commercial litigation partner Gerard Cronin; fraud partner Miles Laddie, who joins as partnership secretary; two assistants, Helene Monsche and Stephen Ipp; and […]

In brief: Hoon hints at review of N Ireland legal aid

Geoff Hoon, Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, said the Government would probably be conducting a review of legal aid and civil justice in Northern Ireland “with a view to bringing forward similar proposals” to those for England and Wales, at the Legal Action Group (LAG) conference in London last week.

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