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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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David Marshall has been made the first managing partner of litigation practice Anthony Gold, Lerman and Muirhead. The appointment follows 18 months of growth for the central London firm, which now has 11 partners.

Hunton's Polish win

US firm Hunton & Williams’ Poland office has won a major government contract relating to the “mass privatisation” of companies in the second round of the Polish government’s National Investment Fund Programme. White & Case advised the government on the first round of privatisations, which put 500 companies worth approximately $2bn (£3.2bn) into the private […]

In brief: Cardiff neighbours combine resources

Welsh firms and next door neighbours in Cardiff, JA Hughes Walter & Hopkins and Rees Wood & Terry, have merged to form a 12-partner, 70-staff firm to be called JA Hughes with Rees Wood & Terry. It has two offices in Cardiff and three in Barry.

SPG denies links with US

There are no proposals for a joint venture between Solicitors Property Group and First American Title, as suggested in The Lawyer (22 April). However, Solicitors Property Group is always ready to discuss proposals which may be in the interest of its members. Later in the report, you quote First American director Brian Marson as suggesting […]

Chester firm succumbs to buyout by Hill Dickinson

Marine, insurance and commercial firm Hill Dickinson has taken over The Property Law Practice – a two-partner practice in Chester, which acts for house builders and developers in the region. The PLP’s founder Vincent Fairclough, said: “We are confident that with the added strength and resources of Hill Dickinson we can build on the sound […]

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