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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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Andrew makes exit from Dibbs

DIBB Lupton Broomhead’s head of employment law in London, Jill Andrew, has resigned after only one year with the firm. At least one of her three assistants is thought to be following in her wake. Andrew is restrained from speaking about her departure by an agreement with the firm. Baker & McKenzie employment partner Fraser […]

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* New Zealand has liberalised its laws to make it easier for Australian lawyers to practice in New Zealand. The New Zealand government recently announced that Australian legal qualifications will be recognised provided that Australian lawyers have five years’ work experience in Australia following admission as legal practitioners.

Ruling sparks claims scare

The shock House of Lords ruling on Paramount, which makes administrators and receivers liable to claims from redundant company staff, will lead to increased litigation worth hundreds of millions of pounds, say top lawyers and accountants. There will also be more dissatisfied creditors, and possible bankruptcy for some insolvency practitioners (IPs). But the only people […]

Are derivatives still worth the risk?

Conveyancers are constantly being told that they must adopt a commercial attitude to their work and must no longer look upon conveyancing as their bread and butter. Most solicitors are happy to do this but Practice Rule 6 inhibits solicitors from being properly commercial. The word “conflict” rears its ugly head and solicitors who would […]

In brief: Geldard retires as senior partner

Robin Geldard, well known in the Welsh business and commerce community, is retiring from the senior partner post of leading Welsh firm Edwards Geldard. He is being replaced by Rod Thurman, who joined the firm in 1976 after several years in the City and, before that, some time as a lecturer at the University of […]

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