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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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World Online may be doing battle with its investors, but that has not stopped it hooking up with Italian internet operator Tiscali. The £5.9bn deal comes only months after World Online’s much-hyped IPO on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Investors are claiming that the company did not present all the evidence it should have in its […]

Nabarros boosts property finance team

Nabarro Nathanson is attempting to compete on big-ticket property finance work by taking on an in-house investment banker. Laurence Gergel, also a qualified chartered accountant, is joining the firm from RBC Dominion Securities, the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, and will arrive later this month to become a director of property finance. […]

Berrymans rocked by six-partner defection

Berrymans Lace Mawer has lost more than half of its Liverpool-based commercial department to a rival North West firm. Brabner Holden Banks Wilson is taking on six equity partners – Sandy Gill, Terry Montague, Andrew Scorah, Neil McBurney, Jacqueline Lloyd and Jeff Gillbanks – who are expected to leave Berrymans by the end of the […]

Funding

Unlike undergraduate degrees, vocational courses such as the LPC, BVC and CPE/PgDL are exempt from government subsidy. The LPC can cost as much as £7,025 and the BVC a staggering £8,200. It’s no surprise, then, that funding is one of the most pressing questions facing young lawyers. In a world without subsidy, students have to […]

allied leisure

Just as the Hyder controversy begins to die down, the Takeover Panel is hitting the headlines yet again, this time in connection with Allied Leisure’s sale to Georgica. The contentious issue this time is how more than 50 per cent of fund managers with a stake were able to sell the company to former rival […]

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