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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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New LSC chair appointed

Sir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of the Legal Services Commission (LSC), the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced today (3 March). Sir Michael worked as a solicitor before taking up a series of roles in local government and then the Department for Education and Employment. Most recently, in 2001, he […]

Firm profile: Adams Solicitors

Adams Solicitors, a firm well respected on East London’s high streets, has undergone a radical transformation in the last year. Established in 1992 by husband and wife duo Som and Mahinder Chima, the firm, once known for its family and conveyancing expertise, appears to have hit the big time with the opening of a Canary […]

Law Soc green light for training framework overhaul

The Law Society Council today (Thursday 24 February) gave the go-ahead for the next stage of the controversial Training Framework Review, which has split the profession’s educational establishment. The review proposes to scrap the current system for qualifying as a solicitor, replacing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with a series of assessments undertaken over a […]

Word of honour

English is now universally accepted as the language of business, spoken by businesspeople – and lawyers – worldwide. UK and US lawyers can cheerfully travel the world, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be the ones needing a dictionary. But beware. A cautionary tale told to Tulkinghorn last week illustrates that those emails and […]

CC delivers Pharmacia IP victory in just nine months

Clifford Chance has taken a pharmaceuticals patent case from its start to a Court of Appeal finish in just nine months. Mayne Pharma v Pharmacia Italia concerned the patent for the drug epirubicin, which is used to treat cancer. Mayne Pharma, an Australian producer of generic drugs, wanted to sell epirubicin in the UK. But Pharmacia Italia, […]

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