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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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Baines Gwinner NYC

UK-based recruitment consultancy Baines Gwinner is setting up a New York office. The firm, known for legal recruitment, already has offices in London and Hong Kong. The New York branch will be headed by Russ Gerson, former head of the financial services practice at Webb Johnson Associates. He will report to Jonathan Gaines, chairman of […]

Intermediary's assurance

Paul Asplin’s letter, “Insurers v Intermediaries” (The Lawyer, 7 April) refers to my company, Greystoke Legal Services, as an intermediary. While technically this may be correct, it is not the whole picture. Greystoke underwrite, administer and settle claims on a fully delegated authority basis on behalf of Lombard General Insurance, a standard & Poor’s AA-rated […]

In brief: Litigators appoint Hugh Elder president

The London Solicitors Litigation Association appointed London firm Gordon Dadds partner Hugh Elder as its president, replacing Beachcroft Stanleys partner Richard Evans, at its AGM last month. Kingsley Napley partner Richard Fox was re-elected honorary secretary and Clifford Chance partner Simon Davis was elected honorary treasurer.

In brief: Booth to chair Woman Lawyer Conference

Cherie Booth QC will chair the 1998 Woman Lawyer Conference at London’s New Connaught Rooms on 25 April. Topics for discussion at nine workshops include: judicial appointments; how to influence law reform; and how to bring a successful discrimination complaint. The theme will be “Achieving a Balance”.

Ruling repairs landlord's rights

Roger Pearson looks at a decision which could have serious consequences for tenants who do not comply with repair covenants. A recent ruling in the Chancery Division of the High Court is seen as adding a further weapon to the increasing armoury of landlords seeking to force tenants to honour the terms of repair covenants. […]

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