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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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Moscow office builds up Lovells' eastern muscle

City firm Lovell White Durrant is to strengthen its Central and Eastern European practice by becoming the latest Western firm to open for business in Moscow. The practice was given the go-ahead by the Russian Ministry of Justice earlier this month, and plans to be up and and running as soon as May this year. […]

Election fever makes me ill

The prospect of more Law Society elections fills me, and I dare say many others in the profession, with dread. I am haunted by the thought of more ramblings from our friends at Chancery Lane in the months to come as they compete for the throne, and I am rapidly coming around to the thought […]

The Law Society has refused to support a plan by Conquest Legal Marketing

The Law Society has refused to support a plan by Conquest Legal Marketing to establish 150 solicitors property centres within two years. Last week, the legal marketing company announced a joint venture with the US title insurance company Stewart Title to set up a chain of property centres. But in a private session, the Law […]

In brief: Magistrates Court staff force pay U-turn

Hundreds of staff at the Inner London Magistrates Court will receive a 3.3 per cent pay rise after a strike ballot forced a U-turn on government ministers. Gary Streeter, parliamentary secretary to the LCD, had previously blocked the pay rise, which unions had agreed with the local courts management. But after a strike ballot, organised […]

In brief: Stone appointed dean at Inns of Court

A 46 year-old professor who specialises in civil liberties has been appointed principal of the Inns of Court School of Law. Richard Stone replaces the current dean, Mary Phillips, on 1 September. Previously dean of Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University, Stone is a distinguished academic and the author of six books and several […]

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