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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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The young guns

Laurence Rabinowitz, One Essex Court South African Laurence Rabinowitz is hugely influential, accruing by far the most votes in a recent survey undertaken by The Lawyer. Law firms and chambers alike say it was amiss of the Lord Chancellor not to select him for this year’s silk appointments. Paula Hodges, commercial litigation partner at Herbert […]

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Brick Court Chambers has announced that Lord Cooke of Thorndon is to restart a door tenancy at the set. Lord Cooke will specialise in arbitration and mediation work from 4 June after his retirement as a Law Lord. He follows Sir Oliver Popplewell and Sir Robert Gatehouse, both retired members of the judiciary who now […]

What's in a name?

Bonaparte was wrong. Britain is not a nation of shopkeepers – it is a nation of franchisers. In 2000, the estimated annual turnover of the business format franchise sector in the UK was £9.3bn – up from £0.9bn in 1984 – and with an average turnover per franchised unit of £289,000. Not bad for a […]

Money laundering puts City firms on defensive

Five major firms call on Deloittes’anti-fraud; Linklaters steps up global compliance operation Five top 30 law firms have called in Deloitte & Touche’s anti-fraud team because of mounting concerns that money launderers are targeting their lawyers. Deloittes’ head of fraud management Mark Tantam says his team was called in because the firms “had a problem […]

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