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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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Four quit set over legal aid work

Four barristers, including one QC, have quit Leeds set 9 Woodhouse Square to form a new chambers, after a disagreement over how best to respond to the Government’s legal aid reforms. The new set, to be called Mercury Chambers and led by Benjamin Nolan QC, says it will do far less legal aid work than […]

In brief: Lovells' Gentleman goes to Fishburn Hedges

Lovell White Durrant’s marketing communications manager, Fenella Gentleman (pictured) is leaving to join public relations and design consultancy Fishburn Hedges as an associate director on 20 July. Gentleman joined Lovells in 1994 and headed a team of 12 responsible for public relations across the firm’s offices.

In brief: Lane-Smith elected Dibbs senior partner

Former Alsop Wilkinson chairman Roger Lane-Smith has been elected senior partner of Dibb Lupton Alsop, replacing Robin Smith who stands down on 1 May. Lane-Smith was made deputy senior partner of Dibb Lupton Alsop after it was created by merger in October 1996. Dibbs’ newly elected management board contains only one former Alsop Wilkinson partner […]

In brief: Partnership promotions

Stephenson Harwood will make up six partners in the areas of tax, shipping, banking and project finance on 1 May. Three are based in the UK with the others in Piraeus, Singapore and Hong Kong. Dibb Lupton Alsop has appointed 17 new partners, including four each in the corporate and commercial litigation departments with effect […]

UK firms expand China outfits

Denton Hall and Linklaters have bolstered their Chinese practices, hiring the heads of the China outfits of Canadian firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg and Australian firm Allen Arthur Robinson respectively. Linklaters has appointed Zill Shao, a Chinese-qualified lawyer and currently head of the China practice of Allens Arthur Robinson in Hong Kong. Shao’s departure from […]

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