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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 firms are reporting a demand for insolvency experts, says Mike Yuille. Demand for insolvency lawyers is picking up, seemingly in preparation for what many expect will be an increase in company collapses next year due to growing global economic difficulties. This renewed demand is taking two forms: demand for experienced big hitters, who can […]

In brief: Warwickshire practices head for merger

South Warwickshire firms GF Lodder & Sons and FB Hancock & Co are to merge from 1 January. Established in 1850, Lodders has five partners, and specialises in private client and commercial work. Hancocks, with three partners, has a similar client profile. The newly merged firm will have 33 fee earners, use the Lodders banner […]

Irvine takes Hart from Herberts

Herbert Smith former property head Garry Hart, one of the top four planning lawyers in the City and a personal friend of Tony Blair, has resigned after 35 years at the firm to become the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s special adviser from next March. Hart is a friend and Islington neighbour of the Blairs and […]

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Andrew Visintin investigates the advantages of invoice discounting over bank lending. Andrew Visintin is a partner at Manches & Co. When sourcing finance, an increasing number of companies are turning away from traditional bank overdraft lending towards the more flexible options provided by invoice discounting companies, the most recent being “packaged finance”. Receivables finance, the […]

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