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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 Disciplinary Tribunals 10/10/95

JOHN SIMON BASKER-VILLE CADWALLADER HOPTON, 61, admitted 1966 practised at material times with Messrs Davis & Co (First National Bank in-house solicitors), Sherringtons, of Edgware, and on his own account, struck off and ordered to pay £940 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised when no current practising certificate in force. ANDREW WILLIAM ARTHUR BARTLETT, of Preston, […]

Furore over Which? survey

THE CONSUMERS’ Association has threatened to sue the Law Society over its attempts to discredit a damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice. But the association is already being sued for libel by Shoosmiths & Harrison over claims in the survey that the firm had failed to warn a researcher of […]

Firms warm up for power bid

Linklaters & Paines and Freshfields are the main firms acting in the National Power recommended £2.8 billion bid for Southern Electric, the biggest yet in the industry. Linklaters’ team for National Power is led by Tim Clarke with corporate partner Patrick Rignell and competition partner Bill Allan. Freshfields team for Southern is led by partners […]

Lawyers get advice on fund managers

The Financial Law Panel (FLP) has published its advice for City lawyers on the technical problems arising from the agency status of fund managers which affects managers’ dealings in the wholesale financial markets. Its paper, Practice recommendation on fund management and market transactions, suggests draft wording for dealing with the most difficult legal issues. It […]

Wave of marketing moves hits City

MARKETING managers in the City are at the centre of a wave of job moves involving at least seven firms. And the spate of new marketing appointments seems likely to continue as practices which have lost their marketing directors, including SJ Berwin & Co, attempt to entice people away from other firms. Some observers comment […]

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