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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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Gilbert & Tobin launches alliance with King & Wood

Australia’s Gilbert & Tobin has entered into a strategic alliance with China’s largest commercial law firm King & Wood. Under the alliance, the firms will create a joint partner committee to cater for clients in China, to develop their businesses across Asia Pacific and to share legal and management skills. Gilbert & Tobin managing partner […]

Group calls for regional administrative courts

A judicial working group has recommended that there should be four regional centres of the administrative court outside of London. The group, led by Lord Justice May, proposes that courts should be established in Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, with High Court judges sitting outside of London more regularly. The working group report, called Justice […]

Firm profile: iLaw

“We’re often asked what the ‘i’ stands for in iLaw,” says managing director Justin Ellis. “It doesn’t stand for any individual word, but rather represents a number of concepts that are important to us.” Ellis cites an innovative and intelligent business model and service and the firm’s core areas of IT and IP. Whatever the […]

Irwin Mitchell anticipates good times ahead in shifting legal landscape

PI powerhouse looks to Legal Services Act reforms to improve revenue streams. By Katy Dowell Irwin Mitchell anticipates good times ahead in shifting legal landscape” />Irwin Mitchell is not averse to change. Under the leadership of senior partner Michael Napier the firm has established itself as a personal injury (PI) powerhouse, carving a path for […]

Lovells steps in to Second Life for pro bono fiesta

Lovells has embraced the power of technology to celebrate Pro Bono Week in cyberspace. From Monday (12 November) and running for a week Lovells will set up a stall in Second Life’s virtual world to mark a decade’s worth of pro bono work at Lovells. The exhibition showcases current and former pro bono clients including […]

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