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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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News crew gets green light to film in court

A television news team has been given access to film in a Scottish court for the first time. The Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Ross, recently allowed a television crew to film the sentencing of two armed robbers who had pleaded guilty. Filming in Scottish courts has been possible since 1992, when Lord Hope issued guidelines […]

Eversheds benefits from latest departure at Pinsent Curtis

Eversheds has snapped up the latest partner to leave Pinsent Curtis, which has suffered a continuing fallout of partners since the merger which created the firm. It has lost eight partners since August, following the May merger of Birmingham-based Pinsent & Co and Simpson Curtis of Leeds. The latest partner to leave is former head […]

Clifford Chance ends Saudi links

Clifford Chance has ended its formal association with Saudi Arabian firm Salah Al-Hejailan with the departure of its resident partner Anthony Abrahams. Abrahams has left Clifford Chance to join the Singapore office of Australian corporate law group Allens Arthur Robinson. He had been with the firm for 23 years, spending over 20 years at the […]

Camden reformer takes top position

A solicitor at the London Borough of Camden has been appointed as the council’s new deputy chief executive. Amanda Kelly, 39, has been Camden’s borough solicitor since 1993 and before that was head of legal services at the London Borough of Brent. She will continue her work in the council’s legal services department in addition […]

In brief: City firms plan 'strategic' merger

City firms Charles Russell and Compton Carr are to merge on 1 May, in a move described as “strategically driven”. The Compton Carr specialisations of media and entertainment, medical negligence and commercial property law will combine with the practice groups at Charles Russell. Leading entertainment lawyer Brian Carr, who joins the firm as a partner, […]

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