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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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Both the banking community and sellers in international trade transactions will be concerned at the impact of the Court of Appeal decision given on 8 November 1995 in Glencore International AG and Bayerische Vereinsbank AG v Bank of China. Glencore, as sellers of two batches of aluminium ingots, presented documents under two letters of credit […]

In brief: IT whiz signs up with Rakisons

London firm Rakisons has appointed former Hopkins & Wood partner Chris Hoyle to join its company department. Hoyle will rejoin his former litigation partner, Jane Jales, who also moved from Hopkins in June. A specialist in telecommunications and information technology, Hoyle will advise on all IT matters.

Return to Bar for firm's employment specialist

DIBB Lupton Broomhead employment barrister Anthony Korn has quit the firm to go back to the Bar. Korn, who leaves at the end of January, joins two-year-old Holborn set Barnards Inn Chambers. He will retain his role as course director of Dibbs’ employment law training arm but will work independently. “I feel that having worked […]

Ex-Law Soc president urges caution on Hayes' successor

A TWO-year presidency stripped of its ceremonial role is the best way forward for the Law Society, according to former president Rodger Pannone. Pannone has greeted the announcement of secretary general John Hayes’ resignation by urging the society not to rush into the appointment of a successor until it has hammered out a reform package. […]

In brief: New offices for Dibbs in Manchester

The Manchester office of Dibb Lupton Broomhead has signed the lease on a 32,000sq ft office in the city’s new Great Bridgewater development. The complex, which will also house Addleshaw Sons & Latham, Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young, is 85 per cent let one year before construction is scheduled to be completed. Regional managing […]

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