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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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Withers has opened a new office in San Francisco, its first new base in more than two years. The firm, which is known as Withers Bergman in the US, officially opened its doors on the West Coast in January 2014 with the hire of Louis Mezzullo as a consulting partner from McKenna Long & Aldridge […]

Trowers climbs aboard the alternative workstyle wagon

Onshore or offshore? In-house or outsourced? Agile or not? Management issues are big news for law firms today and Trowers & Hamlins is the latest making waves. The firm is launching a new Birmingham document production hub after 34 of its secretaries accepted voluntary redundancy. The new 21-strong team will all operate from the Midlands. […]

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ICAEW granted authority to license ABSs

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) has become the first non-legal entity with powers to regulate probate services and license alternative business structures (ABSs).  ICAEW is the accountancy profession’s largest regulatory body and the primary regulator of the ‘big four’ accountants. The institute’s new regulatory powers were granted by a statutory designation order approved by […]

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