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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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Christie’s GC to create formal legal panel

Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming has begun constructing the auction house’s first legal panel and has written to a number of firms inviting them to tender. Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming has begun the process of constructing the auction house’s first legal panel and has written to a number of firms inviting them to tender. […]

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UK and US firms win Singapore licences

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose, and White & Case win right to practise local law in SIngapore. The Singapore Government has awarded Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licences to four UK firms and two US firms. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose […]

Camerons makes £4m from slumping pound

CMS Cameron McKenna has made nearly £4m from the tumbling value of the pound over the last year and a half, The Lawyer can reveal. According to financial statements for 2007-08, the firm made £2.8m in foreign exchange gains thanks to revenue from its European offices. The increasing strength of the euro, and other Eastern […]

Lambeth council overhauls legal panel

The London Borough of Lambeth has begun a panel review to service its new-look legal function. Because the council has significantly increased the size of its legal team during the past year, from 40 to around 65 lawyers, the winning firms are likely to receive fewer instructions under the new contracts. A council spokesman said: […]

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