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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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Linklaters sees third projects partner departure as Douglass quits for KWM

A third partner from Linklaters’ projects team has left the firm in less than two weeks, after King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) re-hired heavyweight energy partner James Douglass to join its projects energy and resources team.  Douglass had previously joined Linklaters from KWM in 1998, and was a partner in Linklaters’ global projects group based […]

Zambrano carers case: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co guides Croydon to victory

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has led the London Borough of Croydon to success in a Court of Appeal case concerning ‘Zambrano carers’ and their right to receive social assistance. Zambrano carers are non-EU nationals whose right to reside in the UK is derived from being the carer for a British national. They are not entitled […]

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Quinn Emanuel reports 33 per cent increase in London revenue for 2014

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has reported a 33 per cent bounceback in London office revenue for 2014, with turnover rising to £26.2m from £19.8m in 2013. The increase in revenue follows a 28 per cent drop in turnover between 2012 and 2013 (5 March 2014). In 2012 Quinn Emanuel recorded London turnover of £27.5m […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 08 March 2015

Can you compare the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight to a property deal? When we first read this headline, our response was a natural one. No. No you can’t. How wrong we were. Gateley has produced a briefing that does exactly that. Or, more precisely, it’s looked at the protracted negotiations that took place between Mayweather and Pacquaio […]

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Law Society wins right to appeal against criminal legal aid ruling

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has granted permission for the Law Society to challenge a recent High Court decision over Government reforms to the criminal legal aid regime. In a decision handed down today (27 February) the CoA said the Law Society could appeal the decision of Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Cranston, which […]

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