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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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Consulting on the future: proposals from the lord Chancellor's department

A flurry of consultation papers has appeared from the Lord Chancellor’s department (LCD) over the past two months. There have been papers on multi-party actions, clinical negligence and, most recently, proposed new procedures for specialist jurisdictions. This latest paper deals with High Court procedure and, in particular, whether the existing divisions should be altered. Surprisingly, […]

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Simmons & Simmons acted for Lattelekom, the Latvian state telecommunications company, on its US$60m syndicated multi-currency revolving credit agreement. The syndicate, led by Sumitomo Bank, was advised by Linklaters.

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Vanessa Shenton believes that the best way forward is for the litigating firm to cover both sides’ costs. Should a solicitor charge a success fee in CFAs? The justification appears to be that the solicitor is entitled to cover the costs of those cases which do not succeed. After all, the legal practice is taking […]

Sweeping up in South East Asia

The stock market crash in South East Asia is providing numerous opportunities for British lawyers in both insolvency and corporate recovery, says John Willcock. John Willcock is a freelance journalist. Many parts of South East Asia have experienced headlong growth over the last 20 years or so without an associated development of professional services. There […]

In brief: Law Society lifts LPC places restriction

The moratorium on additional Legal Practice Course (LPC) places was lifted last week by the Law Society’s Training Committee. This comes after a review which found that the number of students enrolling on and passing LPC courses had decreased and that trainee solicitors were finding it less difficult to find jobs.

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