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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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With PI rates remaining within reach for the majority of law firms, Sandra Neilson-Moore fights the corner for a commercial insurance market when the ARP is scrapped in 2013 The renewal season for solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance is about to begin again in earnest. Sensible firms of all sizes should be considering their alternatives. […]

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Firms agonise over pitching as NHS squeezes panel rates

Low partner rates have emerged as a key issue in a panel review for one of the NHS’s largest consortia covering London and the Midlands. Submissions for Health-Trust Europe’s London ­Procurement Programme, which will provide legal services to around 60 NHS trusts across London, the West Midlands and parts of southern England, closed on 22 […]

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Nabarro adds ‘softer’ element to partner pay

Nabarro has increased its emphasis on soft factors such as keeping clients happy and sourcing new work when slicing up equity to partners. The firm is currently carrying out its regular review of the equity structure, which it carries out every five or six years. Senior partner Simon Johnston said the firm was upping its […]

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SJ Berwin admits fault for student all-nighter

he Lawyer’s exclusive story last week about the SJ Berwin summer student who was ’asked’ to work until the early hours of the morning has divided ­opinion across all levels of the legal sector. Aspiring trainee and ­former president of the ­University of Manchester student law society Kyle Soo said: “One crucial aspect of a […]

Supreme Court refuses further appeal in Baby P sacking case

The Supreme Court has refused Haringey Council permission to appeal an earlier decision that found the authority’s former director of children’s services was unlawfully dismissed. Then secretary of state for children, schools and families Ed Balls  dismissed Sharon Shoesmith from her position in December 2008 over her handling of the Baby P case. Earlier this […]

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