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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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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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Freshfields has denied any potential conflict of interest in its unusual role advising both the Lloyd’s Corporation and Equitas in negotiations for Equitas to take on the £570m reinsurance liability of Lioncover. Lioncover was set up in 1987 to take on millions of pounds in liabilities from the Peter Cameron Webb (PCW) syndicates which were […]

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In the week after Mishcon de Reya hit the headlines for the size of its fees, Robert Lindsay looks at the deeper problems that beset the firm. Mishcon de Reya was advertising for assistants last week with a bold half-page advert announcing it as: ‘Not just any law firm.’ The firm which famously advised Princess […]

Le Brasseurs swallows up North & Co

NICHE London NHS casework firm Le Brasseurs J Tickle has widened its commercial business by absorbing its small neighbour North & Co. The merger creates a 57-fee earner practice with a main base in London and another office in Leeds. North & Co’s seven fee earners have moved to Le Brasseurs’ London office in Covent […]

Tripartite tie-up will form new top 10 national firm

BEACHCROFT Stanleys is in talks with Wansbrough Willey Hargrave and Vaudreys to create the a new national firm ‘centred in London’, The Lawyer can reveal. If the tripartite merger does go ahead it would create a top 10 UK firm by size with more than 400 lawyers. Last week, The Lawyer reported that Wansbroughs was […]

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