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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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With the UK’s natural energy resources diminishing all too quickly the Government is continually looking at initiatives that will provide viable solutions to the problem. Liquified Natural Gas As the headlines mount about gas prices, security of supply and geopolitical worries, lawyers are working with energy companies to ensure that the world’s energy demand is […]

Elite firms put to shame by smaller practices’ diversity

Law Soc reveals that only 8 per cent of the UK’s top 100 firms’ trainees belong to an ethnic minority. The average proportion of ethnic minority trainees at the UK’s top 100 law firms lags significantly behind the number of registered trainees across the profession from ethnic minority groups. The 2006 diversity league table, first […]

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Existing clients take on extra significance if you can sell them additional services, says Jonathan Denny Cross-selling additional services to clients as a way of growing a law firm’s business has become something of a Holy Grail for law firm marketing. However, the very expression ‘cross-selling’ implies that there are barriers to be crossed, and […]

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