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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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Macfarlanes wins work on £2bn Rover sell-off

Macfarlanes has won a contract to advise on the £2bn sale of Rover Cars to venture capitalists Alchemy. The deal, which comes just a month after it was appointed Alchemy’s principal legal adviser, covers the acquisition of the former British car manufacturer and Longbridge plant from German car giant BMW. Charles Martin, Macfarlanes commercial partner, […]

Case of the week

‘The only thing this court case has proved beyond reasonable doubt is that UK libel law is a disgrace to democracy and a menace to a free press. We apologise for nothing. But we will not be appealing. Life is too short…’ So said LM editor Mick Hume after his magazine lost its case against […]

Axa and Norwich Union hatch plan to axe firms from panel

Axa Insurance and Norwich Union are secretly planning to axe their external law firms if they cannot compete with in-house teams on price. Both insurers, which have employed the services of ex-Weightmans chief executive Martin Read to audit their law firms, have been holding talks to set up in-house departments in the next two years […]

American duty

Managing partner- who needs it? That’s the attitude of Stephen Fiamma, who’s calling time on ground hog day at the office and retuning to practice. Dearbail Jordan meets the man who has had enough of committees For Stephen Fiamma, head of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s London office, being a managing partner is […]

4-5 Gray's Inn loses two staff as merger agreed

Two members of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s administration team have quit just days after the set confirmed it is to merge with Monckton Chambers. In a widely-predicted move, the two sets announced a formal commitment to merge last Tuesday (The Lawyer website, 14 March). The move will create one of the largest sets in the […]

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