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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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Election 97/women. New Labour, new legal challenge

Presuming Labour wins the coming General Election with an overall majority, the way the profession works and the income of its practitioners is likely be radically affected. One of Prime Minister Blair’s first appointments will be his Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg. Paul Boateng would initially become minister for the Lord Chancellors Department, with […]

Election 97/women. Smashing the glass ceiling

While Lord Woolf captured the headlines at the third Woman Lawyer Conference in London this month with his proposals regarding a ‘fast track’ to the top for women, a remark from the floor passed relatively unnoticed. Alexandra Marks, a partner at Linklaters & Paines, announced that the City firm said it would shortly be implementing […]

Season of staff disruption over pay kicks off at Law Society

Accountants and investigative staff are set to follow the first strike in the Law Society’s 172-year history by a work-to-rule aimed at causing maximum disruption. On Monday the majority of the 45 staff at the society’s monitoring unit and investigation accountants department were due to go out on a one-day strike over pay, and not […]

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Hammond Suddards advised independent financial adviser network DBS Management on its transition from AIM to the official list of the Stock Exchange. Eversheds’ Leeds office acted for the nominated adviser.

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