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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Holman Fenwick & Willan’s profit has rocketed by 30 per cent after a year of focus and consolidation. Holman Fenwick & Willan’s profit has rocketed by 30 per cent after a year of focus and consolidation. The firm is expecting average profit per equity partner (PEP) to hit £405,000 this year, up from £311,000 in 2005. Turnover […]

Ex-Lastminute in-houser joins ‘virtual law firm’

The former legal director of Lastminute.com David Hickson (left) has joined The Legal Desk, which describes itself as a “new virtual law firm”. Hickson was Lastminute.com’s lawyer for five years. He said he was attracted by the firm’s technology-led delivery of advice and the strategy of only recruiting former in-house lawyers. The Legal Desk was […]

Another star A&O partner quits for another US firm

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) London office has lost another partner, this time seeing corporate partner Vanessa Blackmore defect to Sullivan & Cromwell. Blackmore, an equity capital markets specialist, who has been a partner since 1999 resigned earlier today (14 May). Rodgin Cohen, chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell, said: “Vanessa’s arrival is the latest in a […]

Hengeler hikes newly qualified salaries

Germany’s Hengeler Mueller has raised its associate salaries, with newly qualified lawyers set to earn up to €90,000 (£62,000). The firm, which is Slaughter and May‘s German best friend, has raised salaries for all associates up to five-years qualified. Lawyers are expected to make partner at the firm in year six. Salaries for associates in […]

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