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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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Pinsent Curtis hires local govt head to vie for public sector…

Pinsent Curtis has taken on an in-house lawyer to challenge Eversheds’ national dominance in public sector work. Pinsents has hired chief solicitor Nicholas Dobson from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to fill the tailor-made post of head of local government. Top public sector partner Stephen Cirell of Eversheds admits that in the long term, and with […]

The eight regional development agencies

The East Midlands Development Agency is one of eight regional development agencies (RDAs) established under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. The other seven are: South East Development Agency, One North East, North West Development Agency, South West of England Development Agency, East of England Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward and Advantage West Midlands. Nabarro Nathanson […]

CGU pays panel firms below the going rate

Insurance giant CGU is paying some of the law firms on its panel as little as u90 per hour about u30 below the going rate, it is being claimed. Reliable sources tell The Lawyer it has been agreed that panel firms will receive u90 per hour regardless of the lawyer’s seniority. And each time the […]

Chinese take away foreign firm rules

The Chinese Ministry of Justice has pledged to allow law firms to open in more than one city a move which will see City firms flock there in order to take advantage of an expanding legal market. The China Ministry says it will lift the geographichal restrictions on law firms when China joins the World […]

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