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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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Too little too late

Is a solicitor guilty of negligence if a new judgment means old advice is now wrong? Simon Monty QC reports on how the law can change while a case is ongoing What should a solicitor do when a new decision impinges on advice already given in litigation? What if counsel gives advice that is affected […]

GLA picks Wragges for panel

Wragge & Co has won a place on the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) legal panel, scooping instructions to advise it in connection with London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The instruction, following a beauty parade, is a major coup for Wragges. One source said that the firm’s success in the tender process was […]

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After three years of cheap cover on the open market, law firms this year will pay more for their primary-level insurance than they did in the year that the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) collapsed. The total contribution law firms will pay this September for their first £1m of cover is predicted to rise by 20 […]

A&O champions poor on water privatisation deals

The treatment of poor people by banks involved in water privatisation projects in developing countries is at the centre of influential recommendations drawn up by Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyers on a pro bono basis. Some of the ideas were presented by the firm’s London-based projects partner Jeff Delmon at the Kyoto conference in Japan […]

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