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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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AXA's specialist to develop sector

Life office AXA Equity & Law has appointed Vanessa Carver as national accounts manager with sole responsibility for developing business within the legal profession. Carver returns to AXA after several years previously spent with the life office. Graeme Laws, who heads AXA’s marketing to the IFA sector, says: “Being a company originally founded by lawyers […]

Mergers give birth to 'superfirms'

THE MERGER between Nabarro Nathanson and Turner Kenneth Brown has finally gone through, creating a commercial London-based firm of 128 partners and 370 other fee-earners and putting it at number 10 in The Lawyer Top 100. Nabarros brings 107 partners and 295 fee-earners and TKB contributes 21 partners and 75 fee-earners. The new firm, called […]

Farmer signals anger to firm

The senior partner and an articled clerk from a leading south east law firm are to appear at Lewes Magistrates Court on 25 May in a private prosecution brought against them by a former client. Christopher Hall, senior partner with Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall and his son, articled clerk Colin Hall, along with Colin […]

New disabled group chair aims to fight prejudice

SWINDON solicitor Michelle Howard has been elected as the new chair of the Law Society’s Group for Solicitors with Disabilities. Howard, who takes over as GSD head from local government lawyer Richard Dunford, was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and works as a plaintiff personal injury and medical negligence lawyer at Townsends. A tetraplegic […]

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