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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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Direct access frustrated by Bar Council inertia

The Bar Council has been criticised for not promoting direct access to the bar to business and the public, new research has found. In the first-ever survey on direct access since its introduction two years ago, more than 90 per cent of respondents felt that the Bar Council had not provided clear or sufficient information […]

Travers’ high hopes

Could Travers Smith be the City’s healthiest law firm? Each time Tulkinghorn drops into Snow Hill he bumps into some übermensch about to embark on a Marathon des Sables or two. And now news reaches the decidedly exercise-free Tulkinghorn Towers that two associates, Sam Kay and Russ Lamb, are to climb Everest in March. Travers […]

Freshfields and Herbies reprise Warner-EMI battle

Warner Music’s renewed attack on EMI will reunite last year’s line-up of legal advisers, with Herbert Smith to square up to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Although no formal offer has yet been made, EMI, the third-biggest music group in the world, confirmed today that it had received an approach by Warner. Neither firm would comment other […]

Bingham boosts London revenues by a third

Bingham McCutchen has reported an increase in London revenues of just over 33 per cent having reaped in a turnover of $31.2m for 2006. The London office saw a $7.7m increase in gross revenue from last year’s turnover of $23.5m. However, this year, profit per equity partner (PEP) stands at $1.45m, down from last year’s […]

Dickinson Dees launches London base

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees is preparing to launch its first office in London. The firm is understood to be finalising terms for a new office near Blackfriars, with management finalising the lease agreements for its new serviced premises. The new office, which is not initially expected to base lawyers in London full time, will focus on […]

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