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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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Pensions: Debt tough

Section 75 debts are proving a hard nut to crack for the Department of Work and Pensions. Chris Close reports Almost all defined benefit (or final salary) pension schemes are subject to Section 75 of the Pensions Act 1995. This legislation (supplemented by regulations) provides that when a pension scheme winds up, the scheme’s employers […]

TRIC shot

Last week (5 November), The Lawyer revealed news of Norton Rose‘s new international strategy to focus on Turkey, Russia, India and China. They are the TRIC countries, apparently, rather than the BRIC countries, which comprise the same ones, but with Brazil instead of Turkey. It’s been dubbed ‘New Horizons’, which is unfortunate. It merely adds […]

Penny Francis elected LG senior partner

LG managing partner, Penny Francis, will replace Bill Richards as the firm’s senior partner. Francis was elected by the firm, beating competition from fellow partners corporate head, Chris Tite, corporate partner Sunil Kakkad and tax partner Robert Field. The head of LG’s business and finance group Hugh Maule will replace Francis as managing partner. Francis, […]

BLG scoops Fladgate head of employment

Fladgate Fielder head of employment Adam Lambert is to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) employment practice. Against a background of slow growth, BLG’s employment practice has doubled its turnover in the last 18 months. Lambert said his decision to leave Fladgate Fielder came “because it is an opportunity not worth turning down”. Earlier this […]

Morris wins second term as DWS chief exec

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Howard Morris has been re-elected for a second term. Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive, Howard Morris, has been re-elected for a second three-year term beginning in February next year. Morris said: “My first three years as chief executive have provided a very solid base from which to drive […]

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