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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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Transcriber wins franchise to sell court display podium

COURT transcription service Smith Bernal has held talks with several City law firms with a view to introducing high-tech US-style “litigators’ podiums” into the UK courts. Smith Bernal – the supplier of on-line court transcription service LiveNote – has won the franchise to distribute technology supplier DOAR Group’s Document Evidence Presentation System (DEPS), which is […]

Barrister's European first

Richard Davis, intellectual property barrister at New Court, has qualified as a European patent attorney – becoming what is thought to be the only practising barrister to hold the dual qualification.

Eleven sets axed in CPS panel cull

Senior barristers claim they have been “kicked in the teeth” by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), after 11 London sets were axed from the CPS list of “preferred sets” without warning last week. Under the preferred set system, introduced three years ago, 80 per cent of prosecutions in London are guaranteed to selected sets, with […]

Thieffry's 'truly international' venture

Norton Rose’s head of capital markets Gilles Thieffry (pictured right) advised the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on three recent bond issues worth over #760m. The main deal was the EBRD’s first US dollar benchmark bond, which raised US$600m (#360m). “This enabled the EBRD to be put alongside the World Bank and the European […]

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Dick Russell of Titmuss Sainer Dechert advised architects David Marks and Julia Barfield on the development of the British Airways London Eye (previously known as the Millennium Wheel). Andrew Smith of Garretts advised sponsor British Airways and Sharon White of Stephenson Harwood advised operator The Tussauds Group. Christopher Brown of Masons acted for The Sumitomo […]

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