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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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The law firm of the millennium: a vision…

The Lawyer asked computer industry specialist Bill Cannings to give us his predictions of how firms will adopt legal technology by the next millennium. Cannings, managing director of Valid Information Systems, forecasts: the cost of case management and accounting systems will plummet when firms realise that they can purchase home-produced products at a fraction of […]

Riggs' Paris role

John Riggs, a partner at the Paris office of White & Case, has become the second non-French lawyer to sit on the governing council of the Paris Bar. Riggs will take up his office at the start of next year for a three-year term.

Camerons swoops on Poland arm of US firm

Cameron McKenna has taken five Polish lawyers from the Warsaw office of US firm White & Case to bolster its own energy practice in the city. Dariusz Mioduski, Andrzej Blach, Tomasz Minkiewicz, Dariusz Turek and Rafal Hajduk have joined the office in anticipation of an increase in projects in the energy sector. The firm advised […]

Flotations

Jerrard Saunders Donn acted for STG Holdings on their recent introduction to the Ofex market and a two for five placing with clawback.

PSA to set up Web site

Property Search Agency is to launch a Web site early next year as part of an expansion of its services. The PSA conducts property and company searches for solicitors. The site will carry a free listings service, updated monthly, giving details of local authorities, their postal search fees, processing times, telephone and DX numbers.

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