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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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Hammonds' employment head quits for Norton Rose

Hammond Suddards has been hit by the departure of its national head of employment and another leading employment partner. Tim Russell – overall head of employment at the firm – is joining City firm Norton Rose in March as head of employment, while Chris Southam is going to Osborne Clarke. Russell joined Hammonds from Lloyds […]

Tripartite mergers are not the easy option

The top five City firms may not be losing any sleep over the proposed merger between Denton Hall, Theodore Goddard and Richards Butler. After all, it may never happen and even if it does, it will take some considerable time to settle and see the fruits of its labours. However, there is no doubt that […]

Patrick Redmond The lawyer with the write stuff

This solicitor has landed a £100,000 deal for his first novel. But why aren’t more British lawyers like Patrick Redmond making waves in the literary world? asks Chris Fogarty. While senior Denton Hall partners were plotting mergers in the boardroom last week, solicitors in the bowels of the building were toasting the UK’s latest literary […]

Clayton Utz boasts it is best in Australia

Clayton Utz has seized on a newly published Australian legal directory to claim it is the best national firm in Australia. The firm, which is the fourth largest on the continent with 173 partners, wins the highest number of top ratings in the influential Legal Profiles for the 30 practice areas Clayton Utz has identified […]

Plans to reward lawyers for rural work

The government could pay lawyers bonuses to work in remote areas under the new contract scheme, said Geoff Hoon, Minister of State at the LCD. Hoon told The Lawyer that the system of only using lawyers contracted to the new Legal Services Commission, introduced in the Access to Justice Bill, would give the Government the […]

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