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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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I should be so unlucky

Tulkinghorn would like to take this opportunity to remind lawyers that sometimes there is more to life than work, as this cautionary tale shows. A certain Denton Wilde Sapte partner was travelling back to London from the US with a client. To meet a pressing deadline in the UK, the pair had to travel on […]

Barlows in shipping firm take over

RD Black & Co joins Barlow Lyde & Gilbert Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has absorbed niche shipping firm RD Black & Co. The firm comprises senior partner Richard Black and one senior assistant. Black joins Barlows as a senior equity partner. No support staff have been included in the deal. Black began his career at […]

Matrix builds public law with two appointments

Matrix Chambers has recruited two public law specialists, bringing the tenant count to 40. Sam Grodzinski joins from 39 Essex Street and Charlotte Kilroy from Landmark Chambers, the result of a recent merger between Eldon Chambers and 4 Breams Buildings. Matrix chief executive Nick Martin said: “In addition to expertise in the full range of […]

Stamford takes on Minters partner

Singapore firm Stamford, Shearman & Sterling’s former joint venture partner, has hired a new partner, Paul Fitzgerald, from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, a New Zealand firm that is part of Australia’s Minter Ellison Group.

Fixing the system

Fixed costs for lawyers acting on personal injury cases will further tip the scales in favour of negligent companies and their insurers. Thompsons’ Rachel Sarfas gives the lawyer’s view The debate over fixed costs in personal injury (PI) claims being played out between the insurance industry, defendant and claimant firms, the trade unions and consumer […]

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