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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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For the good of the law

This week the question of whether or not the compulsory minimum salary for trainees remains will be debated by the Law Society’s council. It is an issue which the profession should take a positive interest in and support trainees, otherwise it will find itself in the position that only those who can afford to subsidise […]

In brief: A&O New York recruits capital markets ace

Allen & Overy’s latest recruit is a US lawyer who will work in the firm’s New York office, one of its 15 international offices. Cathleen McLaughlin, an international capital markets specialist, is due to join the team of more than 30 US-qualified lawyers on June 2. McLaughlin previously worked as an associate at Sullivan & […]

Web Sites for wise legal eyes

British lawyers are better known for their sense of tradition than an uninhibited desire for the unknown. But an increasing number of firms are stripping off their suits to go surfing as they advertise their wares on the World Wide Web. Masons special adviser, author and ‘technoboffin’ Richard Susskind says the web has revolutionised the […]

Praise for LHCs

The benefits of Local Housing Companies (LHCs) still outweigh the alternatives, according to local government specialist Simon Randall. Randall, a partner at Lawrence Graham, said LHCs provide the perfect vehicle to regenerate urban housing under the Labour government’s planned £5bn release of unspent cash from homes sold under the right to buy scheme. The Government […]

Firms welcome PFI initiatives

Firms involved in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects have welcomed a succession of moves by the new Government to kickstart PFI, saying they are reassured by the speed with which Labour has acted. Since coming into power, the Government has announced a review of PFI, introduced a Bill to clarify the position of NHS trusts […]

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