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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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DMH acquires presence in London with Fairbairns tie

South East firm DMH has launched a London presence with the acquisition of niche City practice Fairbairn Morris. The deal became effective on 5 March and marks the first move to the capital by the firm, previously known as Donne Mileham & Haddock. Fairbairns specialises in commercial property and litigation. The firm’s three partners will […]

Real Estate and Projects

Swiss Life buys Grade 1-listed Edwards Pavilion in Liverpool’s Albert Dock from the Commission for New Towns (CNT) for £10m. Swiss Life advised by Perkins & Company (Clive Bleasdale). CNT advised by DLA (Marc Carter). Developer Arrowcroft advised by Berwin Leighton (Peter Rudolf). Standard Life Assurance Company and Chancerygate Properties let nine units at Powergate, […]

Opinion

On 28 February, the Law Society debated reforms for self-modernisation, including a five-year strategic plan to promote solicitors as belonging to an independent and effectively regulated profession. The absurdity of the Law Society, in the face of a changing world, continuing to regulate only solicitors and not lawyers generally, is demonstrated in two recent cases, […]

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Star wars

Globalisation of businesses and the use of the internet as a communication norm have contributed to the growth in media deals and disputes. Bigger deals, resulting in mammoth media organisations, and the impact of new laws on businesses, are some of the challenges that lawyers faced in the year 2000. As the law rapidly changes […]

Shearmans continues Euro drive with new Munich office

New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling is continuing its expansion in Germany as it announces plans to open in Munich. It is expected that the new office, which will open in May or June, will initially be managed by Frankfurt and Düsseldorf managing partner Georg Thoma. Recruitment is already underway and a number of […]

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