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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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Holman on the receiving end

Staying with phones, the switchboard was down at Holman Fenwick & Willan the other day (Wednesday 21 September) – meaning calls were not transferable – leaving the poor receptionists to take messages from everyone, then email the people and they call them back. How’s that for a call-screening service?

Dundas competition partner returns to SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin has won back senior competition partner Tom Usher from Dundas & Wilson. Usher joined Dundas’s Edinburgh office as head of EU competition in January 2004. He had hoped to be doing the majority of his work out of Edinburgh, but the nature of the work and the client base meant his activity continued […]

Lovells surges ahead in student pay race

Lovells has trumped its rivals by hiking both Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) maintenance grants to £7,450 for students in London. Meanwhile GDL students outside of London are also set to benefit with Lovells raising their grants to £6,450. The decision will take effect from September 2006. Lovells told The […]

WilmerHale drops Cutler Pickering and Dorr

US firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr will start using the shortened name WilmerHale from October 1. As first revealed in The Lawyer 6 June 2005, the change had been due in July, but was delayed out of respect for the recent deaths of founding partners Lloyd Cutler and John Pickering. Both men had […]

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