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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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Protest sparks fees debate

Anti-lawyer protesters demonstrated outside the American Bar Association conference in New Orleans chanting: “Stop the lawyers. Stop the lawyers.” One protester said: “No-one in this country can afford justice except the millionaire. I’d rather go to jail than pay some of those fees they charge.” Inside, attorneys were worried. The ABA spent $750,000 this year […]

Lawyers to advise revenue on performance

THE INLAND Revenue is to pick lawyers’ brains on how well the taxman performs. The survey, part of its Citizen’s Charter commitment, will focus on how effectively the Revenue administers the tax system on corporate and personal tax returns. It will be aimed at lawyers, accountants and other “agents” involved in preparing returns. It sets […]

Elite billing system

Watson Farley & Williams has bought an Elite billing system. The firm has opted for the US software which includes nominal ledger, purchase ledger, conflict of interest, marketing and collections modules. The firm will set up on-line access to the system for lawyers in its six overseas offices. New York will be the first office […]

Antiques or old lace?

William Rouse advises solicitors to be more realistic when valuing estates Six hundred pounds was the sum the solicitor agreed to, but thanks to a thoughtful neighbour (a policeman) who bought in professional valuers, the contents of a deceased’s estate went for u15,000. This happens all the time. A solicitor’s job is to yield the […]

Pannone Napier dissolves

PANNONE Napier – the joint venture partnership set up by former Law Society president Rodger Pannone and leading personal injury lawyer Michael Napier – has dissolved. The specialist multi-party action firm, which brought in 50 partners from Sheffield’s Irwin Mitchell and Manchester-based Pannone & Partners, was the first of its kind when it was formed […]

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