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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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Directories under fire for wasting firms' millions

Law firms are squandering millions of pounds on supporting legal directories, according to a new survey of in-house lawyers. The shock study will provide ammunition to the growing band of law firms fed up with the huge cost of marketing themselves in directories. Some City firms are known to be planning a boycott of the […]

Finers in talks with Stephens Innocent

Finers is understood to be merging with media specialist Stephens Innocent as yet another partner quits the troubled firm. The merger talks are at an advanced stage, The Lawyer can reveal, after weeks of speculation over the firm, which is fronted by high-profile media lawyer Mark Stephens. Finers’ intervention will come as a surprise to […]

Property

Herbert Smith represented BAA Lynton on the 25-year lease of property at Gatwick Airport to British Airways’ franchise carrier GB Airways. The original terminal building will be used as GB Airways’ headquarters. The company will move into the building in May 2000. Shelagh McKibbin (pictured), a property partner at Herbert Smith, acted on the transaction […]

Simmons boosts energy with Herbert Smith poach

SIMMONS & Simmons is poaching an oil and gas senior assistant from leading energy firm Herbert Smith, but is losing an equity partner to Richards Butler. Susan Beck, who is a barrister and a solicitor and has worked in-house in the energy industry, joins Simmons’ 11-partner energy group on 1 November. Beck is the former […]

Lords to debate school dyslexia diagnosis

The Law Lords are set to decide if a school’s failure to diagnose and treat dyslexia is a personal injury, writes Roger Pearson. The legal status of dyslexia is to be argued before the Law Lords. Lords Steyn, Clyde and Millett have given leave for an appeal which will focus on whether the failure to […]

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