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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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Kropp-Olbertz Schulte-Franzheim Seibert

News in brief Kropp-Olbertz Schulte-Franzheim Seibert, the intellectual property niche firm in Cologne, has tempted Gerhild Buchholz-Szilagyi from Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. Buchholz-Szilagyi moved in March this year and will practise trademark law advising international and national clients.

Nicholson Graham & Jones

News in brief Nicholson Graham & Jones has lost real estate finance specialist Mark Phillips to DLA’s banking practice, where he joins as a partner. DLA’s banking practice counts 17 partners among its national fee-earners and Phillips will be one of 10 based in the firm’s London office. Phillips’ appointment coincides with the integration of […]

Cases in point

Lister & ors v Hesley Hall, HL, LTL 3/5/2001`The House of Lords held the employer of a teacher, who had sexually abused children in his charge, vicariously liable for the abuse. In reaching this conclusion their Lordships overruled ST v North Yorkshire County Council (1998). In ST the central issue for the Court of Appeal […]

Bevan Ashford launches new assault on Bristol insolvency

Bevan Ashford is to launch a dedicated insolvency practice from its Bristol office with the hire of Laytons’ highly-rated Bristol head of insolvency Gordon Bon. `Bon will complement Bevan Ashford’s existing insolvency practice led at the Exeter office by Louise Wilkinson. Insolvency assistant Claire Cole is also moving from Laytons to Bevan Ashford.`Bon’s practice is […]

The anorak

One area where there does seem to be a definite push towards online legal transactions is conveyancing. Much of the impetus is coming from the Government, which, along with just about every other government in the developed world, says that it wants to make the country the best location for e-commerce. Although much of this […]

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