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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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Lawrence Graham drops PI practice

Lawrence Graham is turning its back on two partners and around £1m worth of fees in the closure of its defendant personal injury practice. Partners Elizabeth Carr and Stephen Phillips will take their biggest client Norwich Union and move to Morgan Cole‘s Croydon office. They will take a team of four assistants and two secretaries […]

Lewis Silkin merges with niche practice

Lewis Silkin has acquired the niche publishing practice of Geoffrey Davies, who joins the firm with partner Simon Entwistle. Davies set up the firm in 1991 after leaving Titmuss Sainer & Webb, where he was a partner for 14 years. The practice focuses on corporate and commercial work for publishing and design companies, and clients […]

2 Harcourt Buildings sets up mediation joint venture

Commercial law chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings is launching a contracted mediation scheme on 3 October, aimed at cutting the cost of resolving disputes within the construction industry. It is a joint venture involving a company called ResoLex, set up by the chambers of Roger Henderson QC and project management consultancy Symonds. Leading insurance company Aon, […]

Land Securities appoint non-executive Director

Giles, (58), has been a partner in Slaughter and May since 1975 and became Senior Partner in 1993. he was a member of the Hampel Committee on Corporate Governance and is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council. He is also the Chairman of the Law Committee of the UK/China Forum. Commenting on the […]

LAWRENCE GRAHAM

Lawrence Graham actively targets smaller-cap firms. This policy is borne out of the belief that an equivalent size lends weight to client relationships. Hugh Maule, Nicholas Heather, Jeffrey Elway and Charles Wilkinson all advise on AIM initial public offerings (IPOs). For Maule, the real advantage to AIM work is the opportunity to develop ongoing relationships […]

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