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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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Holland & Knight staff set to lose pay and jobs

US firm Holland & Knight’s cost-cutting exercise continues apace as it imposes swinging pay cuts for lawyers and other staff members Last week the firm admitted that 60 lawyers and 170 other staff were to go (The Lawyer, 6 May).Although managing partner Robert Feagin would not specify how much salaries would be lowered by, it […]

California dreamin’

Paul Stookes gave up a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to become an environmental lawyer after a trip to smoggy LA. Emma Vere-Jones meets the Head of the Environmental Law Foundation The top of an LA hotel is a rather strange place for a career crisis. But that’s where Paul Stookes was when he decided to […]

Simmons wins top role on Vivendi buy

Simmons & Simmons’ corporate department is reaping the rewards of its relationship with utilities giant Vivendi Environment, acting on Vivendi’s first major acquisition since last year’s UK panel review Simmons has acted for Vivendi Water UK on the £2bn acquisition of First Aqua JVCo, the holding company of Southern Water. The corporate aspects of the […]

BOYDS

Despite the First American link-up, Boyds is still independent Scottish firm Boyds has recently hit the headlines by joining a new referral panel set up by the UK arm of US title insurance giant First American (The Lawyer, 18 March). It is one of six firms to sign up to the panel, which is linked […]

Hammonds promotes Manchester property head

Hammond Suddards Edge has appointed Liam Buckley (left) as managing partner of its Manchester office Buckley replaces outgoing head William Downs, who will focus his attentions on growing the firm’s utilities group. Commercial property specialist Buckley is currently head of the Manchester office’s property team, which he set up in 1993.

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