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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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Wessing in crisis as four more jump ship

Andersen Luther becomes refuge for Wessing teams as internal dissent sparks more walkouts Embattled German law firm Wessing is losing four more partners to Andersen Legal’s German arm Andersen Luther as dissension within the Düsseldorf office grows.`M&A partner Alexander Schröder-Frerkes and competition and energy partner Jan Byok are joining Andersens’ Düsseldorf office. They will be […]

Accidents And Emergencies

With the legal aid budget slashed and the NHS claims increasingly complex, the Royal College of Nursing’s legal department is being forced to rely on outside advisers to make up the numbers. Naomi Rovnick reports The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which sits just off Harley Street, has just been refurbished, although it is hard […]

Morgan Lewis coaxes clerks into pro bono

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is offering its summer clerks money to stay out of the office. `The firm has asked its 124 summer clerks in six offices to spend the second half of their 10-12 week clerkship doing public interest work.`Their summer salaries will continue throughout the programme, at between $1,700 (£1,227) to $2,400 (£1,732) […]

In-house pupillages leave the market cold

Only one firm of solicitors in England and just two private companies in the UK have been authorised to carry out pupillage training, two years after legislation was introduced to widen training provision to outside chambers. `Entry to the independent bar is extremely competitive. But the Access to Justice Act aimed to open up opportunities […]

Nottingham lands contract to train solicitor-advocates

The Nottingham Law School has won a solicitor-advocate training contract on behalf of a consortium of top 20 law firms. `It beat the Inns of Court School of Law and the College of Law to win the work for Ashurst Morris Crisp, Slaughter and May, Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons.`The main reason for forming […]

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