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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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Energy practices set to reap the benefits of Government review

It is not just energy lawyers who will reap the benefits of the Government’s review, with the expected surge in newbuild projects likely to create work for planning, construction, corporate and finance lawyers. City energy lawyers have welcomed last week’s Government energy review, with plenty of work expected across all sectors. It is not just energy lawyers […]

2012 Olympic Games sponsor protection goes too far

Sponsors of major sporting events usually consider ‘ambush marketing’ to be one of the world’s greatest evils. Ambush marketing is a term that refers to a marketing strategy of trying to create the impression of a brand being associated with a sporting event when it’s not. Famously, Nike refused to pay the rumoured $50m (£27.2m) […]

Class action

The case of Marr v Lambeth has shown the difficulty in defining where a negligence claim becomes a claim for breach of statutory duty. By Andrew Cooper In the case of Marr v London Borough of Lambeth, the High Court has examined the principles of negligence claims by children. However, there is a narrow dividing […]

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Rosemary Martin: Reuters

Unable to find one firm to cover its global needs, Reuters’ head of legal Rosemary Martin tells Ben Moshinsky she is happy going local Few global legal departments are truly as global as the Reuters group. The company has operations in 94 countries, and general counsel Rosemary Martin has overall responsibility for legal and governance […]

SJ Berwin’s PEP breaks £700K barrier

SJ Berwin‘s average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure has been bumped up to above the £700,000 mark following accounting revisions to take into account FRS5, work in progress and the firm’s move to new premises. The adjustments have seen the firm’s 2005-06 PEP reach £711,000, a 6 per cent rise on the preliminary figure […]

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