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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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Increase in black lawyers leads to new directory

Big increases in the numbers of practising black lawyers has led the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) to update its directory of black practitioners. The directory lists black solicitors, barristers and other legal service providers. It gives people from ethnic minorities direct access to firms with experience in racial issues. More than 600 people in […]

Deal marks rise in buyouts trend

City lawyers are hoping that last week’s £1.3bn Generale de Sante/General Healthcare management buyout will mark the beginning of a stream of large deals packaged in London for Continental targets. The deal, finalised last week, saw French utility conglomerate Generale d’Eaux sell its French and British healthcare subsidiaries, Generale de Sante and General Healthcare, to […]

Men are more equal

It comes as no surprise that women solicitors are paid less than their male counterparts. The article in The Lawyer, 8 July, merely confirmed statistics from the Young Women Lawyers group published earlier this year and concerns raised at the Woman Lawyer Conference, as well as anecdotal evidence at the Bar that women barristers tend […]

Solicitor advocate uses a barrister as his junior

Alan Kurtz has become the first solicitor advocate to act as leading counsel in a criminal case with a barrister acting as his junior. Kurtz, who is a consultant to the Middlesex firm Turbervilles, stepped in as lead counsel in a fraud case being heard at Southwark Crown Court after leave for a silk to […]

SIF to look again at hike in contributions

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is to re-examine whether a massive jump in solicitors’ contributions is needed to meet a projected £450m claims shortfall. The Law Society and the SIF have agreed to look again at whether an expected fall in the value of conveyancing claims could enable the Law Society to spread out contribution […]

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