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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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City accusations send sparks flying

Robert Mendick reports on the knee-jerk reactions that followed accusations of money laundering by some City firms. City pages edited by Richard Tyler. Last week, Simon Goddard, of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), revealed exclusively to The Lawyer that six big City law firms were under investigation for their links with organised crime. “We […]

Strategies for dealing with the Russian crisis

Russia’s debt problems and the general global financial crisis are set to tax the skills of firms specialising in providing restructuring advice, says Rita Lowe. Rita Lowe is a partner in Cameron McKenna’s corporate recovery and restructuring department. The corporate recovery and restructuring groups in legal and accountancy practices throughout the City have spent the […]

Eversheds and Shoosmiths win conveyancing contract

Arun Estate Agencies, the 10th largest estate agency in the UK, is starting a volume conveyancing scheme in October with Eversheds and Shoosmiths & Harrison. The referral scheme is modelled on Hambro Countrywide’s 24-hour telephone conveyancing operation, which can process thousands of transactions every month. It will operate in about 60 per cent of Arun’s […]

In brief: Paisners and Charles Russell 'bubbling under'

Paisner & Co and Charles Russell have issued performance figures for last year which show they are among those firms “bubbling under” The Lawyer’s Top 50 fees table, published last week. Both Paisners, which has 36 equity partners, and 37-equity partner Charles Russell enjoyed a good year. Paisners reported gross fees of £18.8m, average profits […]

Good sport for in-house lawyers. By Matheu Swallow.

Working in-house enables lawyers to concentrate on all aspects of sports law Perhaps the only lawyers who can claim to be purely sports lawyers are those practising in-house. There is a growing trend to carry out work in-house, particularly within sports governing bodies. The staple diet of an in-house sports lawyer can include sponsorship and […]

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