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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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PC fee has fallen by more than u5

YOUR story (Law Society rejects bid to shave practising fee by u5, The Lawyer 29 March) ignores the simple fact that, for the fifth year running, the practising certificate fee has not increased. Indeed, since 1995, the PC fee has reduced by u65. Robert Sayer, vice president, The Law Society

Giving a dam for complaints flood

Does the Law Society have the stomach to fight for client care or is it suffering from indigestion? Marlene Winfield has the diagnosis. Is the Law Society capable of enforcing client care? A case in point is Stuart Pilbrow. Mr Pilbrow asked a firm of solicitors for legal advice, but the firm failed to tell […]

The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company

The last couple of years have been relatively quiet for the legal department of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC). But that has probably come as a relief after the long-running wrangle with 327 sacked dockers, which started in 1995 and went on until January 1998. The industrial dispute began after the dockers were […]

Financings

SJ Berwin acted on the public offering of home superstore company Home Place. The company, incorporated by SJ Berwin in 1997, capitalised at £4m. Partner Jonathan Djanogly led the transaction.

In-house attractions tempt firms' finest

The latest in-house salary survey (page 10-11) might well make depressing reading for those at management levels in the top City firms. According to the survey, carried out by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins, senior in-house counsel are now commanding salaries which rival the income of partners in top firms. On top of this, in-house lawyers […]

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