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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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Bakers brings in bonuses on back of revenue hike

Baker & McKenzie has introduced a new bonus scheme for all UK staff after preliminary figures revealed a 9 per cent increase in London revenue to break the £100m barrier for the first time. London managing partner Gary Senior said the new bonus scheme, introduced from 1 July, would provide all fee-earners and support staff […]

Hunt slams government interference in Legal Services Board

The committee scrutinising the draft Legal Services Bill today (25 July) warned that the current proposals will harm the independence of the legal profession. The joint committee, led by Beachcroft former senior partner Lord Hunt of Wirral, said in its report published today that many of the Bill’s proposals will potentially harm the reputation of […]

DLA Piper grows in Italy with raid on Carnelutti

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has upgraded its Italian technology, media and communications (TMC) practice with the hire of a partner from demerged McDermott Will & Emery firm Carnelutti. Giangiacomo Olivi becomes head of TMC at DLA Piper in Italy. He specialises in the preparation and negotiation of distribution, licence and output and audiovisual production […]

Silks: The full list of new QCs

The ranks of female and solicitor-advocate QCs have been swelled by a record number of new appointments in the first round of the revamped silk application process. Nearly half of the 68 female applicants were awarded silk, with the 33 women practising across a wide range of areas. Previously the highest number of women to […]

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Stephen McNamara: Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council head of legal Stephen McNamara is a staunch defender of his city and his council. Jon Parker reports Working for Bristol City Council is never going to make his fortune, says head of legal and democratic services Stephen McNamara, but he knows which side his bread is buttered. “We don’t earn six-figure […]

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