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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 13/1/98

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SJ Berwin forced to shut down its six lawyer PFI unit

SJ Berwin & Co has closed its PFI projects team with the loss of at least five fee earners. The firm’s “strategic decision” to close the unit, which was established three years ago, was revealed last week following the departure of associate Mark Johnson to City firm Devonshires along with assistant Paul Buckland and trainee […]

Valmai Adams on bullying at work and work-induced stress. Valmai Adams is head of Nabarro Nathanson's employment group.

The problem for employers of protecting employees from workplace bullies has been highlighted by the recent action brought by Anthony Ratcliffe, the deputy head teacher who claimed he was bullied by colleagues to the point of a mental breakdown. Ratcliffe accepted £101,028 in an out-of-court settlement after instituting proceedings in the High Court. The principles […]

In brief: Corporate partner takes top post at Speechlys

City firm Speechly Bircham has elected corporate partner Michael Lingens as its new managing partner. The 40-partner firm has just posted record turnover and profits and will be moving to new purpose-built offices near Holborn Circus. Lingens said the firm had decided to concentrate on seven key areas, including corporate, tax and employment.

Firm faces High Court writ from Swiss client after £2.7m defeat

London firm Swepstone Walsh is to be sued in the High Court in a negligence action where it is alleged the firm was to blame for the failure of a #2.7m claim. A writ has been issued against Swepstone Walsh by the Swiss company Orsank SA and Orsank’s UK representative, Broderick Munro-Wilson – a friend […]

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