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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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Birmingham duo launch specialist tax MDP

A LONG-serving partner and an associate at Birmingham-based Morton Fisher are leaving the firm to set up a multi- disciplinary practice (MDP) specialising in providing financial services. Alan Meal, partner and departmental head of the business division at Morton Fisher, and associate Gareth Fatchett, both resigned at the end of last year. They are planning […]

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David Nunn led a property team at Simmons & Simmons which advised Reader’s Digest in the disposal of its European headquarter’s offices in Canary Wharf to German open ended fund, DIFA, for £59m in a sale and lease-back deal. DIFA was advised by a Linklaters team, led by James Knox and Jurgen Hubner of German […]

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Britain’s longest legal hearing, the Terminal 5 inquiry, is due to wind up after more than 504 days of evidence and arguments. Anyone who has been stuck at Heathrow waiting for a plane will have immediate sympathy for the lawyers who have been stuck there for nearly four years.

Park Nelson merges with Rayfields

LONDON specialist insurance practice Rayfields has merged with commercial law firm Park Nelson. Founding partner John Rayfield is to become a full-time consultant at Park Nelson, while David Herbert, David Reid and Frank Hallam will be partners. Another five fee earners are also moving across. John Kings, head of litigation at 15-partner Park Nelson, says: […]

Small firms find clear route to convergence

Life in the world of business law firms is like a three-lane motorway. In the fast lane you have the five UK juggernauts, in the slow lane you find small, specialist practices, and in the overcrowded middle lane there is a blood-bath in the making. A number of IT law firms have been launched in […]

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