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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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ABA London conference set to flop

The American Bar Association’s annual conference is facing a crisis after grossly over-estimating registration numbers for its London conference this summer. Its $1m (£664,691) emergency fund could be used for the first time in a bid to stop costs spiralling out of control. Only 3,000 lawyers have signed up for the event in July instead […]

Deals

Paisner & Co acted for European Telecom on its £15.6m purchase of Banner Telecom. The acquisition is financed by a placing and open offer to raise £20.2m, sponsored by Collins Stewart. Corporate partner Alexandra Denison and head of corporate finance Keith Stella acted on the deal. Lawrence Graham represented Banner Telecom. Gouldens acted for Collins […]

Deborah Sabalot

Tamzin Hindmarch meets Deborah Sabalot, the New Orleans’ lawyer who is flying in the face of fashion by ditching KLegal for a future in her adopted home of London with Lovells. There is no doubt that the latest arrival in Lovells’ financial department, former director at KLegal Deborah Sabalot, has adapted quickly to her new […]

Get out of jail free

Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud about When it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession. However, despite its efforts, the bar still […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lay magistrates. That stalwart and representative body of men and women across the country who for years have handed down fines, sentences and opinions on local wrongdoers, could soon see themselves thrown off the bench. Under the latest set of ideas to come out of Lord Irvine’s reforms factory, the existing network of courts run […]

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