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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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PACH clearing system gets thumbs up

The Bar’s clearing system for trainee barristers has received the seal of approval from chambers and law colleges throughout the country. Details of the workings of the scheme – the Pupillage Applications Clearing House (PACH) – were discussed at a meeting organised by the Bar Council on 23 April. The meeting, attended by representatives of […]

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The world of wig fashion

The last thing a junior barrister wants is a new wig. “The darker and older looking the better,” says Jonathan Hill, sales consultant in the legal department clothing at Thresher and Glenny. Unlike the rest of a barristers’ apparel, the state of the wig is not judged by how clean it looks but how aged […]

Berwin Leighton waves NY farewell

BERWIN Leighton’s 13-year experiment in running a US office has ended with the news that one of its American lawyers is being investigated over allegedly misappropriated office funds. The firm, which opened in New York in the boom years for UK investment and was staffed by US lawyers practising American law, announced the closure last […]

Legal aid firm counts on accounting solution

High Street firm Fisher Meredith is counting on a new computing package to transform the financial minefield of legal aid billing. The leading legal aid firm has teamed up with Dart Legal Systems to extend a practice management solution, Productivity Practice-wide for Lawyers (PPL), which is designed to “cope with the vagaries of the Legal […]

In brief: Demand for specialists increases pressure

In-house lawyers are finding it difficult to meet the increasing demands for specialist knowledge, according to a recent survey carried out by Eversheds. The survey revealed that in-house lawyers are facing increasing pressure, with 18 per cent feeling a greater range of expertise is required of them. However, 73 per cent of companies questioned had […]

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