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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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Mullerat launches in Palma de Mallorca

Madrid-based firm Mullerat is opening an office in Palma de Mallorca The firm, which has 10 partners and a turnover of e8m (£4.9m), specialises in corporate and commercial work.Mullerat also has offices in Barcelona, San Sebastian and Lisbon, Portugal. The firm has three lawyers who are set to start working in the Palma office, but […]

The Rooks Rider Saga

Tulkinghorn has not been watching the new version of The Forsyte Saga currently showing on ITV because it stirs up too many bad memories. And at tax specialist firm Rooks Rider, it brings on severe shudders for two reasons.To explain why, here’s a little bit of history: John Galsworthy Senior (the father of the author […]

An act to follow

The introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights into Ireland's constitution will see Irish eyes looking to the UK's experiences with the HRA. Alan Miller reports

Lawrence Graham appoints new company head

Lawrence Graham has appointed corporate and finance partner Richard Elphick as head of the firm’s company and commercial department Elphick replaces Michael Storar, who has stepped down after leading the group for five years. Storar will focus on building the firm’s private equity and corporate finance practices.

Dutch Steins Bisschop declared bankrupt after KPMG pulls plug

KPMG’s former Dutch legal practice Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co was declared officially bankrupt last week as the big five accountant prepared to launch a new legal capability The Lawyer has now learnt that KPMG first rejected a business plan to cut back to around 15 or 16 partners. It has now finalised the structure […]

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