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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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Homing in on home working

Home working is now more popular, and freelance lawyers are a flexible option. By James Knight In January this year, a ‘You Work’ survey reported that 34 per cent of executives now work at least part of the time at home. Respondents to the survey cited email technology and generally woeful public transport systems as […]

A&O banking hawks attack corporate over £10m losses

Corporate told to produce strategy by December after ‘ten years of failure’; banking group seeks M&A cull The banking department at Allen & Overy (A&O) has issued an ultimatum to its corporate colleagues to get their house in order after the London corporate group recorded a net loss of some £10m in the last financial […]

New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

Battle Lines Drawn at A&O

Allen & Overy (A&O) banking lawyers sound like they’ve had enough. They’re not exactly about to declare UDI, but the level of frustration is palpable. After three years where they hoovered up the fees on Marconi and Drax, and where the global loans group alone consistently produced profits three and a half times those of […]

RFU signs up Farrers sports star

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has recruited Karena Vleck from Farrer & Co as the organisation’s new in-house lawyer and company secretary. The RFU role became vacant when former head John Hall moved to the Football Association (FA). Vleck was head of the sports department at Farrers. She has been replaced by the firm’s senior […]

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