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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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Lend Lease promotes senior legal counsel Packer to EMEA GC

Australian-headquartered construction giant Lend Lease has promoted senior legal counsel Mark Packer to the role of general counsel (GC) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Packer took up the role earlier this month following the retirement of former EMEA GC Patrick Gloyens. Packer went in-house at Lend Lease in 2009 after five years as […]

Eversheds comments on new UK environmental penalties

The new UK environmental penalties will make companies nervous of retrospective action, according to Paul Verrico, principal associate at Eversheds. These new sentencing guidelines came into force on 1 July 2014 and increase the levels of fine likely to be imposed on those committing environmental crimes. Verrico said: ‘Historically, the approach of the courts to […]

DWF takes on Government in panel-related High Court battle

Being kicked off a panel always stings but for DWF the loss of the Government’s Insolvency Service (IS) panel work was just too hard to take. As we report today, the firm is in a High Court showdown with the agency over its decision to choose Shepherd and Wedderburn. Most firms would like a peek […]

Juliet Allen returns to No5 Chambers

The family team at No5 Chambers has welcomed back Juliet Allen. Allen, called in 2005, brings additional expertise to the recently strengthened team. Her core areas of practice are matrimonial finance including cases involving significant assets, cohabitation disputes and private law children cases.

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Mishcon posts 17% rise in London revenue to £97.8m as total turnover hits £104.6m

Mishcon de Reya has posted its financial results for 2013/14, which reveal a doubling of turnover since 2009. Last year Mishcon’s London revenue grew by 17 per cent from £83.4m to £97.8m, an increase that takes turnover just short of the three-year 2013-2016 business plan budget target of £100m that was set last year (23 […]

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