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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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Brachers awaits goat decision

South East firm Brachers is awaiting the outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing over allegedly negligent advice it gave to two goat farmers. In the High Court 12 months ago, Mr Justice Jack found Brachers negligent over advice to claimants Mr and Mrs Browning, who bought a goat farming business in the early 1990s. […]

The power pack

The renewable energy sector is growing. Patrick Robinson and Ross Fairley report on how UK regional firms are gettng involved Expansion in the UK renewables sector over the past few years has by any measure been astonishing. Many people associate renewable energy with wind turbines, which is testament to the tremendous lobbying work carried out […]

Forsters relocates to Berkeley Square

Mayfair firm Forsters has today relocated to new premises next to Berkeley Square. The firm, which was launched in 1998, has taken on 23,000 sq ft at Hill Street. The move will provide Forsters with an additional 8,000 sq ft of space and has allowed the whole firm to be under one roof. The relocation […]

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The ban on legal aid for defendants in libel cases needs to be overturned after McLibel Eleven years ago I got a telephone call from Doughty Street Chambers human rights lawyer Keir Starmer, who told me about the McLibel case. I found what Starmer told me very troubling and agreed with colleagues to work with […]

B&M in Paul Hastings IP capture

Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The team is led by partner Howard Wisnia and includes associates James Conley, Noel Gillespie, Dave Koo, Christopher Serra and patent agent Lester Anderson. The new group focuses its practice in litigating IP disputes and […]

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