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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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Garrett & Co woos Berwin Leighton trust practitioner

Arthur Andersen-tied Garrett & Co is establishing a private client practice with the recruitment of Berwin Leighton trust partner Judith Powell. Powell, a specialist in trusts and personal taxation and a partner at Berwin Leighton for 10 years, will be Garretts’ first private client partner and will head the new department. She will be based […]

Phone summons not engaged

A Pilot for a telephone-summons procedure for Mercantile Lists has got off to an inauspicious start, with no bookings for its first week. The pilot was due to start on 2 September in the Liverpool and Manchester Mercantile Lists to benefit law firms located 10 miles away from the court. The procedure is aimed at […]

Lovells forms fire-fighting force

Lovell White Durrant is this week putting 15 of its key partners on a standby list to act in project finance deals for clients all around the world. The firm’s overseas partners had previously handled local clients from the respective bases without easily being able to call in aid from other offices. London-based energy partner […]

Pilot launch for fast-track court system

Three separate pilot fast-track schemes are being launched next month in a bid to speed up civil procedure and reduce costs in the wake of the Woolf report. As from 1 October, 23 family courts will be running the family law ancillary relief procedure pilot scheme, which applies to all ancillary relief applications made on […]

Hambros deal with licensed conveyancers sparks pledge to liberalise solicitors' rules

A NEW deal between a leading estate agents and licensed conveyancers to provide a seven-day-a-week conveyancing service has prompted a renewed Law Society pledge to move quickly to liberalise solicitors’ practising restrictions. Hambro Countrywide and the Council of Licensed Conveyancers last week entered into an arrangement to offer the service through Hambros’ 700 estate agents […]

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