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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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DLA Piper cuts 124 jobs at end of consultation

DLA Piper has concluded its redundancy consultation, leading to the loss of 124 jobs. David Bradley The total redundancies, which included 24 lawyers, were fewer than the expected 140 as a number of employees volunteered for reduced working or pay cuts to save jobs. The measures were mostly taken up by support staff, although some […]

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Week Seven: The Apprentice analysed…

Week seven into The Apprentice and Sir Alan tested the sales skills of the wannnabe apprentices challenging them select two products to sell to local retailers in Liverpool. How did they do? Our employment lawyer panel moonlighting as TV critics give their judgment. Hannah Ford, solicitor, Stevens & Bolton LLP With travel budgets tightening across […]

Tods Murray leads way on £170m Fife hospital deal

Scotland’s Tods Murray has helped its client Consort Healthcare (Fife) reach financial close on the £170m Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services PPP. Tods Murray picked up the deal through its long-standing relationship with consortium partner Balfour Beatty, which it has advised on five UK hospital ­projects in total. The other consortium member on this […]

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Jackson review reviewed

Lord Justice Jackson gave us all some weekend reading last Friday with a 1,000-page preliminary report on his review of civil litigation costs. And what a document it is. “Oh God! It’s so big,” declares Edwin Coe litigation partner David Greene. “I suppose it helpfully articulated the issues,” adds Mayer Brown partner Clare Canning. Scores […]

The Transatlantic Elite 2009: The Sweet Sixteen

The top players are entering virgin territory. By Matt Byrne Last year, The Lawyer coined a new name for the top layer of elite international law firms. We christened them the Sweet Sixteen, arguing they had the profits, clients, international coverage and brand to stake a robust claim as the leading firms in the world. […]

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