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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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Freeth Cartwright modifies ‘confusing’ remuneration system

Freeth Cartwright has overhauled its remuneration system after realising that partners found it baffling. The firm is sticking with a principally merit-based system, but has dumped its seniority weighting element in favour of an alternative that makes it possible for a new equity partner to be the firm’s highest earner within five years. Chairman Colin Flanagan […]

Trio secures sugar puffs brand sale

Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and North West London firm Solomon Taylor & Shaw all advised on the sale of the iconic Sugar Puffs cereal brand to Big Bear. The deal is expected to complete in early September. Solomon Taylor advised the buyers, led by the firm’s senior and managing partner Raymond […]

Hill Dickinson goes green to slash carbon footprint

North West firm Hill Dickinson is going green with a scheme designed to offset its carbon footprint and create a local community woodland. The firm is working with environmental company co2balance.com to plant 1,149 trees in order to cancel out the carbon dioxide it uses each year. In addition Hill Dickinson also plans to switch […]

DLA Piper wins lead role on controversial fraud GLO

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has fought off competition from McGrigors to be appointed as lead solicitor in a group litigation order (GLO) for a potential 150 companies claiming damages against the government that could run into millions. The companies are claiming for losses caused by Revenues & Customs, which has penalised them for their […]

Herbies reshuffle bolsters Paris office

Herbert Smith is ‘rebalancing’ its arbitration practice by moving partner Michael Young to Paris in a bid to bulk up in the French capital. Young will be based permanently in Herbert Smith’s Paris office from September, where he will continue the international arbitration work he has been doing in London. Young told The Lawyer: “My […]

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