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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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Kennedys has signed a lease on new London premises. The firm will occupy the fifth to ninth floors at 1 Fenchurch Avenue, EC3, accounting for approximately half of the building’s 122,000sq ft of space. The development is expected to be completed in 2007. Malcolm Headley of Faegre & Benson advised Kennedys and Linklaters real estate […]

Hammonds’ sports dept hit by partner exit

Hammonds’ highly regarded sports practice has been rocked after the second partner in the space of two months has quit, with sponsorship partner Andy Korman joining sports boutique Couchman Harrington Associates. Couchmans’ raid follows Bird & Bird‘s swoop for sports department head Jonathan Taylor in August. Korman specialises in advice to sports clubs, agencies and […]

Associated News sues Law Soc over cover-up

Associated Newspapers is suing the Law Society over its refusal to disclose details of a secret hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). A reporter in the Manchester office of the Daily Mail had requested information about the hearing, but was denied. Nick Braithwaite, group legal adviser at Associated Newspapers, said: “They concluded they haven’t […]

Breast stroke

Halliwells’ involvement in Sport England’s scheme to get North West companies fitter backfired when its participation was announced back in April and it was accused of profiting from funds that should have gone to poor, needy organisations. Now news comes that some of the firm’s employees were using the scheme in an inappropriate manner, after […]

BLG ticked off after advert row

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dealt a blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, upholding a complaint over a full page advertisement that appeared in the national press. The advert appeared on 3 May and listed the names and companies of 250 in-house counsel, stating: “If you’d like your name kept out of the legal […]

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