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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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City specialists set to join IFA task-force

City lawyers may be asked to participate in a review task force being set up by the independent financial advisers’ association (IFA), following its judicial review of the Securities and Investments Board (SIB) guidelines for compensating investors. The review task force will aim to negotiate with and advise frontline regulators. The group will consist of […]

Dentons' Dale spurns Dibbs overture

DENTON Hall employment head Stephanie Dale has rejected an offer from rival practice Dibb Lupton Broomhead to move to its London office. Dale was expected to fill the void left by former London head of employment Jill Andrew, who quit the practice in March. The employment group is operated on a national basis by partner […]

Money talks loudest at reform's table

In 1992 the Lord Chancellor addressed the Law Society’s national conference and set the tone for his legal aid reforms; the tone uncompromising, the measures unpopular. The speech is significant because it gave the firmest indication of Lord Mackay’s calm but determined approach to reform. He outlined his plans for franchising, conditional fees and legal […]

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Stephenson Harwood advised Langdons Food on its flotation to the Stock Exchange main list. It also advised Prime People on its Stock Exchange listing

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