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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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Bar Council makes three key appointments

The Bar Council has elected One Crown Office Row silk Guy Mansfield as its new chairman. Mansfield is joined by 6 Pump Court’s Stephen Hockman QC as vice-chair and David Southern of 3 Temple Gardens Tax Chambers as treasurer. The three take up the roles on 1 January 2005. Mansfield replaces Stephen Irwin QC as […]

MBR&M in Olympic arbitration role

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) is the first international law firm to be sent by the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to arbitrate for athletes and sports bodies at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Three lawyers were sent to Athens to provide advice and take part in arbitrations on a pro bono basis […]

Baby quitter

What an enlightened world the legal market is. Our very own Dearbail Jordan rang to tell a particular banking partner at a magic circle firm that she was leaving. His response? “Why? Are you pregnant?” Reports that he is changing his name to Germaine Greer have been grossly exaggerated.

The work-life quiz

Anthony Hughes, managing partner Ricksons What was your first ever job?Sales assistant at JD Sports. It’s a pity they don’t remember me – they’d be a good client. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Sitting through a meeting for what seemed like hours with the devil’s own hangover. Where’s the best place to go […]

Law Society president details vision for reform

The President of the Law Society will warn today that solicitors face “the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades”. Speaking at the Law Society annual conference, Edward Nally will say that: “The Law Society Council has mapped out a vision,” for reformation of the way the profession is governed and represented. The changes, […]

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