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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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In brief: DJ Freeman appoints five new partners

DJ Freeman has appointed five new partners, four of whom were trainees together. They are Liz Goss (commercial property), James Pilgrim-Morris (insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution), Mark Everiss and Graham Chase (tax) and Ann Robson (litigation).

In brief: Lawyers called in for documentary inquiry

Freshfields and barrister Michael Beloff QC, joint head of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, have been called in as independent advisers to assist in Carlton’s internal investigation into The Guardian’s allegations about the accuracy of its documentary The Connection.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/5/98

Malcolm Francis Turnbull, 52, admitted 1973, practising until April 1991 in partnership of Turnbull Williams, each partner then pursuing his own career elsewhere, struck off. Turnbull adjudged bankrupt on 12 October, 1993 after which Law Society granted him a conditional practising certificate. He had ceased to practise as a solicitor in July 1996. Allegations substantiated […]

A time to reflect and reassess

Julie Walker discusses some of the key management issues in the annual The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand law firm survey. Julie Walker is a senior manager in Coopers & Lybrand’s Professional Partnerships Group. It’s that time of year. The questionnaires for the 1998 The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand Financial Management in Law Firms survey should now have […]

Multi-purpose law firms

I was interested to read Clive Parritt’s article (The Lawyer, 24 March 1998). In some cases I agree with his views. “Horses for courses” is often the best basis for choosing a lawyer – or an accountant. This does, however, presuppose that the client has started by consulting a general practitioner who then selects an […]

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