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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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People management, process efficiency and business development are the highest priorities for improvement among the UK’s top 200 law firms, The Lawyer’s exclusive research into change management has found. The research published today and contained in a new publication, The Lawyer Management: A Guide to Change, is based on a survey of top 200 partners […]

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FFW snares longstanding Taylor Wessing partner in three-lawyer swoop

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ratcheted up its City partner recruitment by hiring three lawyers from a trio of firms covering corporate, finance and tax. The most eye-catching of the three is longstanding Taylor Wessing corporate partner David Kent, who heads the firm’s inward investment group in the UK and will keep the same title […]

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Becoming a different legal business

Andrew Chamberlain, head of client delivery You may have read (The Lawyer 18 June) that at Addleshaw Goddard, we’ve recently mapped all our key legal processes. So, why have we done this? My journey started about 5 years ago. As an employment lawyer of many years standing, I’d seen the fee pressure increasing, and the […]

The new law on the protection of employment in France enters into force

The Constitutional Council rendered its decision concerning the new law on the protection of employment in France on 13 June 2013 and ruled that all but one of its provisions were in conformity with the French Constitution. The law was published in the Official Journal on 16 June 2013… If you are registered and logged […]

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