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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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Survival problem is worse than we feared

“Survival in the high street’ was not just the motto of last week’s Solicitors Property Group (SPG) national conference in London; it has been the profession’s major preoccupation since anyone can remember. The big firms have their up and downs, but in general they jog along contentedly and their survival has never been in doubt. […]

In brief: Negligence expert joins Llewelyn Zietman

London firm Llewelyn Zietman has appointed its fifth partner, professional negligence expert Duncan Mcnair, who joins from Stewarts. Mcnair who was formerly with Lovell White Durrant and also has experience in the banking sector, will be a litigation partner at Llewelyn Zietman.

Bury council must clarify grant allocation

Bury metropolitan council may be forced to pay exemplary damages for refusing to provide a postgraduate law student with information about the criteria it uses for allocating grants. The council has until the end of the month to provide a written policy on discretionary grants, after a promise it made at a judicial review hearing […]

Greystoke ups its insurance cover

An after-the-event litigation costs scheme has been extended to allow companies and individuals throughout the UK to get £50,000 in insurance cover to take their cases to court. Under the LawAssist scheme, devised by Greystoke Legal Services, clients who receive little or no legal aid will be able to pay a £357 premium for each […]

Lovells forms fire-fighting force

Lovell White Durrant is this week putting 15 of its key partners on a standby list to act in project finance deals for clients all around the world. The firm’s overseas partners had previously handled local clients from the respective bases without easily being able to call in aid from other offices. London-based energy partner […]

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