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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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Cardinal blow as Cloisters swells ranks

Cloisters chambers has hired three more barristers, bringing the number of recruits to six since its criminal section split off. `Commercial, public law and employment specialist Adam Solomon joins from Cardinal Chambers. Cloisters’ former senior clerk Michael Martin left Cloisters and set up Cardinal in June 1999.`Others joining are personal injury (PI) and employment expert […]

LongAcre branches out into Sweden

Olswang’s technology, media and telecommunications corporate finance house LongAcre has moved into Sweden with the acquisition of Lommen Corporate Finance. `The acquisition marks the first step in LongAcre’s European expansion. Olswang chief executive Jonathan Goldstein said: “LongAcre was launched with the intention to build a pan-European corporate finance house. The London business is doing exceptionally […]

Simmons redeems itself as profits soar

After shaky financial results last year, Simmons & Simmons has come storming back with profits up by 56 per cent. `Last year average profits per partner were only £253,000 which put the firm 45th in The Lawyer 100 survey, while in terms of turnover it was ranked thirteenth.`This year partners will take home an average […]

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Equal opportunities campaigners have been struggling for decades to get their cause onto the political map and into the social consciousness. There must have been times when even the most stalwart began to lose hope, but in the new millennium, causes that have been given the cold shoulder are finally being addressed, and hopefully even […]

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