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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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UK barrister recalled to Montserrat as stand-in

A barrister has been reappointed attorney general of the Commonwealth territory of Montserrat after his predecessor resigned because of a disagreement with the island’s government Last weekend, Charles Ekins returned to the island where he spent two years as attorney general. He was there between 1998-2000 in the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions that ripped […]

In-houser charged with fraud and tax evasion

A New York in-house lawyer has been charged, along with four other men, with bank fraud and income tax evasion as part of a scam to avoid paying monies owed to Chemical Bank and other lenders Sanford Freedman was general counsel for companies that owned, managed and operated Days Inn Hotels. Prosecuting attorney James Comey […]

Garretts begs the City to take on its trainees

Andersen Legal senior partner Williams in last-ditch scramble to save forty-four jobs Andersen Legal managing partner Tony Williams is understood to be trying to secure places for his London trainees with City firms. It looks unlikely that Garretts will secure a firmwide merger and Williams has moved to safeguard his trainees’ futures.Garretts currently has 44 […]

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Clayton Utz shreds evidence and reputation at same time

A paper-shredding scandal likened to a local Enron has rocked Australia’s legal community Australian firm Clayton Utz is at the heart of the scandal, but Mallesons Stephen Jacques and Lovells are also implicated.While the similarities to Enron extend only to the use of an industrial shredder and unrelenting press attention, the case is a disaster […]

Law firm alliances in Ireland

Like royal marriages, it seems that alliances between Irish law firms north and south of the border may not be built to last A&L Goodbody and Elliot Duffy Garrett managed to stay together for almost nine years, but by this year they could no longer paper over the cracks. The dissolution stands as a salutary […]

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