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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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New time restriction sparks complaints

Commercial litigators say a pre-action protocol on handling debt claims may lead to court-room mayhem if it becomes law because of the time restriction it imposes. Under the protocol, judges will have the power to award adverse costs against defendants if they do not respond to claims with a full case outline within a week. […]

City trio earns millions in Allied Domecq sale

Magic Circle firms Slaughter and May, Linklaters and Clifford Chance are understood to have made millions out of the complex and bitter struggle for the control of Allied Domecq’s pub chain. The multi-million pound fees paid out by the three parties involved in the epic buyout struggle have been widely criticised by shareholders. A 25-lawyer […]

Eversheds' administrator faces pensions charges

Eversheds’ Newcastle-based employment services company is being prosecuted by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for making late payments into its company pension scheme. The company, EIW Services (North East), will appear before Newcastle upon Tyne magistrates on 24 September charged with failing to pay employee earnings to the trustees of two pension schemes within […]

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There is a recruitment crisis at the Lawyer’s firm. This means the children and I see little of him at the moment, as a “clear desk” policy only works if you’ve got someone else’s desk to dump everything on, and he is not only working 14-hour days, but suffering from severe delegation withdrawal. He makes […]

Kingsford Stacey opens PI department

London firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell is due to open a specialist personal injury claims unit this week staffed by 60 lawyers, making it one of the largest in the UK. Kingsford Stacey went on a massive recruitment drive in May, bringing in 50 new fee earners to deal with calls from the public. The firm […]

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