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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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Cleared solicitor rails against 'these disgraceful allegations'

Freshfields partner and former Westminster deputy chief solicitor, Robert Lewis, was one of three people to be cleared of wilful misconduct at the conclusion of the ‘home for votes’ inquiry. Lewis, the council’s deputy chief solicitor between 1986 and 1988, said after the release of district auditor John Magill’s report last week: “These disgraceful allegations […]

City firm is latest caught in Internet Web growth

City firm Rowe & Maw has taken a site on the Internet. The firm can now be contacted at http://www.rowe andmaw.co.uk/index.htm. It will include specialist brochures and lists of specialist services and contacts. Managing partner Richard Powles said: “We are simply responding to the needs of our clients. A number of them, particularly those based […]

Practices should be on MDP red alert

The legal profession is facing a period of dramatic change. As accountancy firms creep more and more into the equation, the proposition of a major law firm getting it on with one of the Big Six accountancy firms is no longer out of the question. In fact, it is becoming ever more likely as the […]

Dibbs partners in private client split

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has shed its private client department, paving the way for partners to establish a new Yorkshire firm focusing exclusively on private client work. Wrigleys opened offices in Leeds and Sheffield this month, where it will handle trusts, charities, tax planning, estates and heritage property. The firm was founded by Dibbs partners Matthew […]

Owners of Harrods – but UK citizens?

Millionaire Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed and his brother Ali are currently waiting the outcome of their latest legal bid to overturn the Home Office’s refusal to grant them UK citizenship. The Egyptian-born Al Fayeds failed in a High Court action this February to overturn the Home Office decision. Now they have renewed their challenge […]

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