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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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Carter-Ruck threatens action against own firm

Libel specialist Peter Carter-Ruck is considering legal action against his own firm in a dispute about its strategy. The octogenarian lawyer, who continues to practise as a consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, is in dispute with several senior partners over whether the firm should remain a niche practice or expand. Carter-Ruck says an agreement […]

Henderson Investors reviews its legal panel

Lovell White Durrant, CMS Cameron McKenna, Nicholson Graham & Jones and Lawrence Graham are on tenterhooks as Henderson Investors finalises its first-ever property panel review. The reshuffle comes after Henderson Investors was acquired by Australian company AMP in March 1998 and later merged with AMP Asset Management. A number of firms, including Lovells, Camerons, Nicholson […]

Daily news service launches on The Lawyer's internet site

The Lawyer has expanded its website to include a dedicated daily online news service. The free service, launched last Tuesday, is available on The Lawyer online website – www.thelawyer.co.uk. It is updated every weekday. It includes stories about international and UK law firms, in-house lawyers, government legislation, new products and services, partner moves and deals. […]

City giants and niche firms blur the borders

The distinction between City firms and the EC3 London insurance litigation specialists is dissolving as the groups vie for each other’s work. Catrin Griffiths reports. If the insurance industry is suffering from overcapacity and soft rates, then so is the legal market. At the volume end, firms are being squeezed; at the high end, where […]

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