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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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Addleshaws seals £1m deal with pharmaceuticals giant

ADDLESHAW Booth & Co has ousted Wilde Sapte as the legal adviser to the giant pharmaceuticals retailer and wholesaler AAH in a deal worth £1m to the Manchester firm. Addleshaws will act as the company’s outsourced legal department in what the firm is describing as its “most significant new business win” since the merger which […]

In brief: Selection of magistrates to be revamped

The Government is to issue directions on the appointment of lay magistrates, in a bid to make the magistracy more representative of the communities it serves. Speaking at the Magistrates’ Association council meeting last week, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, said his officials were working to produce compulsory criteria directions for selecting […]

Jersey starts work on new financial watchdog

SENIOR Jersey advocate Julian Clyde-Smith has been selected to help set up an independent financial services watchdog on the island. Clyde-Smith, a partner at Jersey firm Ogier & Le Cornu, joins a panel of six experts who have the task of setting up the Financial Services Commission. They have until next spring to draw up […]

Manches takes over Oxford firm

City firm Manches & Co has taken on five of the seven partners and all four assistants of 224-year-old Oxford firm Morrell Peel & Gamlen, nearly doubling the size of its Oxford office. The two remaining Morrell partners – private client lawyer Nigel Roots and property lawyer Richard Bell – are to join Boodle Hatfield’s […]

EC urges Taiwan to relax rules

The European Commission is pressing for greater rights of access for foreign lawyers in Taiwan, as part of its negotiations over the country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The move is backed by the Law Society, which wants to see the strict regulations for foreign lawyers practising in Taiwan relaxed. Although foreign lawyers […]

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