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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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Diana lawyers keep bills low

THE Diana Memorial Fund has decided to play safe with its legal bills following the bad publicity over Mishcon de Reya’s #500,000 bill. Mishcon’s successor, Harbottle & Lewis, will receive a “retainer” of #3,000 per month. Daily Mail

Hammond Suddards poaches indemnity teams from Dibbs

Hammond Suddards has scooped the professional indemnity teams from Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Leeds and Manchester offices. David Simon, the partner who heads up the team, decided to leave the firm he has worked for for 27 years because he wanted to put together what he describes as two “complementary teams”. Simon’s nine-strong team – many […]

European Court breaks through language barrier

Travelling citizens of the European Union must be able to use their own language in the court of the region they are visiting if that right is also enjoyed by residents of the area, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. Its judges were asked to consider the cases of an Austrian lorry driver […]

Legal Widow

When the great managing partner holds that final drinks party in the sky, I’ll be in good company, because I’ll be with all the legal widows (legal widowers, I’m afraid, will have to find their own champion and in any case, statistics are on our side). While the great MP wanders around with the sherry […]

In-house on the warpath

This year promises to be a testing time for law firms as more companies than ever plan a strategy to minimise fees and squeeze greater value for money from their external lawyers. That is the finding of two exclusive surveys of in-house lawyers undertaken by The Lawyer last year. A mid-year survey conducted among 250 […]

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