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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 […]

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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

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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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Herbert Smith has scooped its first instruction from the RAC as the motoring insurance group announced this morning it is to be acquired by Aviva. Partners Anthony Macaulay and Caroline Goodall have advised the RAC on the £1.1bn deal. Charles Randell at Slaughter and May acted for Aviva, a long-standing client of the firm. The […]

TfL head of legal leaves position for non-legal alternative

Transport for London’s (TfL) head of legal Betty Morgan has quit the government agency. Morgan, who is high-profile general counsel Fiona Smith’s deputy, led TfL’s legal department for a while last October after Smith took six months’ extended leave. Smith returned to her role earlier this year. A TfL spokesperson confirmed that Morgan is leaving […]

Hammonds’ Leeds team defects to Addleshaws

Addleshaw Goddard is bolstering significantly its contentious construction practice with the hire of a five-partner team from Hammonds’ Leeds office. As first revealed on www. thelawyer.com (2 March), the team will add £4m to Addleshaws’ £40m Leeds revenues and increase the size of its national construction department, which currently numbers 25. Hammonds’ national construction head […]

It’s fashionable to be conservative

Following last week’s exclusive story in The Lawyer of Hammonds’ woes, law firm financial management has never been such a hot topic. While Peter Crossley wages a heroic battle to take control of his firm’s wayward finances, other firms have also recognised the merits of going back to basics. I’ve lost count of the number of partners […]

Taylor Wessing partners vote for Euro expansion drive

Taylor Wessing partners have given the green light to roll out an ambitious European expansion strategy targeting Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. The plan was ratified at the partnership retreat in Frankfurt last weekend. Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Mike Frawley said the strategy was effectively a confirmation of the former strategy. He said: “This […]

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