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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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Thirteen per cent of lawyers are considering leaving the legal profession in the next 12 months, a survey of 600 lawyers by recruitment consultancy ZMB in association with The Times has revealed. Of these, 42 per cent said the law was not for them, while 37 per cent wanted to work shorter hours. Thirty-three per […]

In brief: Eversheds, Birmingham recruits from rivals

Eversheds’ Birmingham office has hired two partners from national rivals. Commercial property partner Mike O’Sullivan is joining from Edge Ellison and insurance partner Geoff Owen is joining from Dibb Lupton Alsop. Meanwhile another Dibbs’ partner, David Maples, is leaving the firm’s Manchester office to join the Liverpool office of Berrymans Lace Mawer.

Divorce is no place for 'nasty' lawyers

Leading playwright Terence Frisby believes that the legal profession is ill-equipped to deal with the emotive issues that surround divorce proceedings. It was when a member of staff at the Royal Courts of Justice held a door for me, touched his cap and said, “Morning, Mr Frisby”, that I realised something had gone seriously wrong […]

Prescott adds brands to Bacardi

Last year’s £9.8bn merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness to form Diageo also resulted in a bonanza for other lawyers this year when the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Diageo was required to dispose of the Dewars Scotch and Bombay Gin brands. After a rapid auction, Diageo sold the brands for […]

Harassment Act is poorly worded

The Protection from Harassment Act was rushed through leaving grey areas vulnerable to argument, writes Roger Pearson. Anti-stalking laws have been under the microscope in the High Court in a case which has brought some judicial clarification, but which has also left the door wide open for further legal challenge. The case centred on definition […]

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