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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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Firms face wage claim rise as Govt clamps down on profit-related pay

Law firms will have to give 9 per cent rises to their salaried staff merely to keep them on the same wage when tax relief on profit-related pay is phased out in two years’ time. Many City law firms have been running profit-related pay schemes as a tax break for their staff, rather than as […]

Plot a path to laptop land

Kevin Mackay looks at the points to ponder before you splash out on that computer Lawyers in Bird & Bird, use laptops for presentations – which may include multimedia and the Internet – working directly on legal documents in the office with clients, and other lawyers, and for keeping in contact with the main office […]

In brief: Civil Justice Council looking likely

Practitioners and the Law Society scent victory in their push for a Civil Justice Council to implement Lord Woolf’s reforms to the justice system. It is believed Lord Mackay will announce he is prepared to go some way towards implementing such a body during the report stage of the Third Reading of the Civil Procedures […]

In brief: Ashurst Morris Crisp in moot triumph

Two Ashurst Morris Crisp lawyers, Catherine Chibnall and Daniel Ross, have brought a glow of pride to the head of their litigation department by winning the Simmons & Simmons Centenary moot Competition. Chibnall and Ross beat teams from Simmons & Simmons, Ince & Co, and Allen & Overy in successive rounds. The losing finalists were […]

City trailing US in world equity stakes

Linklaters & Paines is the only City firm to challenge US dominance in equity issues around the world, according to a table compiled by International Financial Law Review. US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell advised banks on the most issues, 41, in the 12 months to June 1996, followed by Linklaters & Paines with 39 […]

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