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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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Internal The Lawyer memo rating The Firm’s chances in last week’s The Lawyer Marketing Awards. The Firm has entered three categories. Senior partner Jack Pratchard even suggests we include a new award – best canapes. He writes: “Mrs Pratchard’s cheddar scones are fabulous. At functions, Mr Henderson also seems to serve up a secret stash […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lawyers hoping to make use of email records to prove dodgy activity. Executives looking to cover their tracks have seen a preview of a new product that can make a company’s email simply disappear. Corporate managers can use the technology developed by Disappearing Inc to set up email policies on company networks that routinely destroy […]

It's been a good week for…

Married men, after a female lawyer received a lot of coverage in the Daily Mail for her views. “Britain’s leading female divorce lawyer” Vanessa Lloyd Platt (above) offered Mail readers her views on divorce and a set of tips for a happy marriage. Under the headline “Divorce: Why we women are to blame”, Lloyd Platt […]

Trainees' minimum salary set to rise

At Thursday’s council meeting, members will consider a recommendation that from August 1 2000, the minimum wage for central London be raised from £12,150 to £13,600, with a Council recommended salary of £14,600. The Training Contract Review Group also recommends that the minimum level should be increased from £10,850 to £12,000 with a Council recommended […]

Clifford Chance raids Dutch firm

Tom de Waard and Hector de Beaufort – both mergers and acquisitions specialists – were voted in as partners of Clifford Chance on Monday. Clifford Chance opened in Amsterdam in 1998 and now has a 16-partner office there, with 104 lawyers. The departure of De Waard and De Beaufort comes just a year after Stibbe […]

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