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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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Post Office set to revise international legal panel By Dearbail Jordan

The consolidation of its international legal coverage is expected to begin early next year. The move comes after The Post Office reduced its UK regional panel from 40 firms to four and its City firms from 12 to two practices in April this year. The Post Office currently uses Slaughter and May and CMS Cameron […]

Wrigleys boosts pensions with Eversheds’ Ainscoe

Eversheds has lost one of the UK’s leading pensions partners to Yorkshire-based private client law firm Wrigleys. Raymond Ainscoe has joined two other partners in the pensions department, where he will cover a mixture of private client and pensions work. He will concentrate on giving independent advice to pension scheme trustees. Wrigleys senior partner Ann […]

Close Brothers Private Equity

Could the North West lawyer-client relationship be more complicated? Looking at this deal, it would seem so. Addleshaw Booth & Co scooped a role as adviser to HSBC on its £10.7m injection into the management buyout (MBO) of Laybond Holdings. Other HSBC favourites include DLA, which acted for the bank’s private equity arm on the […]

Prosecutors may be able to appeal acquittals

Attorney General, Lord Williams QC has announced that the Government has asked the Law Commission to draw up plans to allow wider rights of appeal against adverse decisions of a judge. If accepted, the Government’s plans would give English and Welsh prosecutors a right of appeal if a defendant is acquitted by a jury on […]

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