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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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In brief: Tax supremo, Riches, moves to Withers

John Riches, a partner in Pinsent Curtis, is leaving the firm to join Withers. He joins the City firm early next month as a partner in the private client department. Riches specialises in tax and trust issues, wealth preservation and succession planning. Murray Hallam, head of Withers’ private client practice, said: “John’s arrival is a […]

Law firm and accountants play duet for music service

West End law firm Schilling & Lom has teamed up with accountants Baker Tilly and pop artist agency Dirk Sommer to offer musicians a one-stop shop for services, from tax and legal to marketing and promotion. They have formed a joint venture company called New Deal Management (NDM) which aims to spot and market new […]

In brief: Headhunters scent out award

Legal recruitment firm Wellman Smith has been awarded an Investor in People award. The company, which has offices in Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, specialises in headhunting for law firms.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 07/05/96

Paul Graeme Emmott, 38, admitted 1989, practising at material time as Emmott Harrison, Wakefield, suspended for six months and ordered to pay £2,065 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep properly written accounts, failed to comply with decision of Conduct Committee, failed to deliver accountants reports.Tribunal accepted he had not been guilty of dishonesty but […]

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