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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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Appeal Court witnesses fall-off in civil hearings

The number of appeals heard in the Court of Appeal’s civil division has dropped by 14 per cent in the last year, following a general trend that is seeing fewer cases coming to trial. The finding was published in the court’s review of 2003-04. Applications for appeal have also dropped, from 3,182 in 2002-03 to […]

Paul Weiss chair switches sides for Intelsat in-house role

Intelsat has recruited Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s chair of communications and technology Phillip Spector as its new general counsel. The appointment will cause shockwaves in the satellite industry when Spector’s previous role as key outside counsel for rivals PanAmSat and SES Americom is taken into consideration. Spector has often been the first to […]

Raising the bar

The prospect of Clementi’s changes may have got a few pulses racing, but Robert Englehart QC’s advice is: carry on as normal Before Christmas last year, anxious mutterings were to be heard in the inner sanctuaries of the Inns of Court and the Bar Council. It was said that Sir David Clementi had been asking […]

Firm profile: Rutherfords Solicitors

After more than 80 years in practice, Birmingham’s Rutherfords Solicitors is ramping up its offering in two areas – commercial and private client. Managing partner Peter Wiseman hopes to double partner numbers in the next two years Managing partner: Peter WisemanTurnover: £1.7mTotal number of partners: ThreeTotal number of lawyers: Nine solicitors, seven legal executivesMain practice […]

Separated at birth

Comedian Steve Coogan has gone far since making his name as Norwich’s finest in the guise of TV and radio icon Alan Partridge. The ‘part’ still occasionally pops up here and there, but the man himself has many other guises designed to entertain and sometimes even educate. His latest is a Guernsey-based solicitor going under […]

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