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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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A View from New York

Recently, a US law firm provided me with what it thought was its public relations mandate. “What are you going to do to help us ‘brand’ our firm?” it asked. “What would you like to brand?” I replied. Out came its list of 12 practice areas. “Twelve?” I asked. Forget it. Branding by definition is […]

Get out of jail free

Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud about When it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession. However, despite its efforts, the bar still […]

US lawyers snub ABA

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) decision to hold its conference in London was applauded initially by many as a progressive move that recognised the links between US and UK legal traditions. The decision to turn it into a Ye Olde Englande theme park farce was not. Now the ABA is reeling from the news that […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna advised Big Yellow Group on its £97m flotation on AIM. The net proceeds are expected to total £43.5m after the company included a £45m placing and offer of new shares as part of the float. John Burton

Legaltech in the US

The US legal profession’s technology is being driven by management objectives that at their most fundamental level involve increasing shareholder value. For law departments – a support organisation in the corporation – this means constant pressure to get more out of less. In a LegalTech Los Angeles presentation (May 1999), Dan Scheinman, vice president of […]

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