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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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Share schemes 'inflexible'

EMPLOYEE benefits lawyers are calling for the Government to introduce more flexible rules for employee share ownership schemes. The call accompanies a survey by Norton Rose showing workforces lag behind senior executives in benefiting from the trend towards employee share options. David Cohen, head of Norton Rose’s employee benefits group, and chairman of the Share […]

Kingfisher

Kingfisher is one of Britain’s most successful retail groups. It is best known for its high street trading subsidiaries – Woolworths, Comet, B&Q, MVC, Superdrug and, property business, Chartwell Land – which have a total of 2,000 sites around the UK. Kingfisher also has businesses based throughout Europe and internationally. The merging of B&Q with […]

Firms gear up for boom as South African business targets City

CITY firms say they are gearing up for a boom in business as increasing numbers of South African companies snub European markets for the London Stock Exchange. South African Breweries is to raise £150m in the next two weeks when it embarks on its primary listing from Johannesburg to the London Stock Exchange. Other major […]

Inns of Court to offer unified training

Unified training for solicitors and barristers is closer than ever as the UK’s largest bar school, the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), prepares itself to offer the Legal Practice Course. ICSL principal professor Richard Stone says the move is a response to the Lord Chancellor’s vision of the future, which will see all […]

Bacfi values place in the Bar Council

Your articles “In-house barristers threat to split from Bar Council” and “In-house revolt against ruling bodies’ bureaucracy” (The Lawyer, 8 February) do not give a fair impression of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry’s (Bacfi) policy towards its membership of the Bar Council. Bacfi is not considering splitting from the council. We value […]

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