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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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College to offer low cost loans

London’s College of Law is launching a low-interest loan scheme for Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) and Bar Vocational Course (BVC) students in tandem with NatWest bank. The college, which trains half the profession’s annual intake of barristers and solicitors, is offering fixed loans at 6.25 per cent interest or variable loans at 0.75 per cent […]

..and wins landmark ruling in US case against Du Pont

Russell Jones & Walker has won a victory on behalf of clients whose babies were born without eyes, which is allowing them to have their case heard in the US. Alan Care, a litigation executive at Russell Jones, believes the decision could be a watershed judgment for foreign claimants seeking compensation in the US. The […]

Lords to decide dyslexia diagnosis case

Roger Pearson reports on the latest move in a long-running dispute over responsibility for diagnosis of learning difficulties. A 24-year-old dyslexic woman who is suing her former schools over their failure to diagnose her condition is to take her fight on to the House of Lords. Pamela Phelps of Hayes End, West London, was awarded […]

New thinking needed on flexible working

Lawyers want to spend more time away from the office. Clients are demanding they are there for longer hours and firms are caught in the middle. So much is not new. What is new is that the firms are looking at doing something about it. Last week The Lawyer revealed that Freshfields had joined Linklaters […]

In brief: White & Case

White & Case, the US-based firm, has opened an office in Frankfurt. Dr Erich Michel, from German firm Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Langere, will head the office. The four-strong Frankfurt practice will concentrate on capital markets and cross-border corporate and financial transactions.

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