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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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Herbies faces taxing times

What a difference a month can make. What a difference a month can make. Herbert Smith’s decision to backtrack on changing the date of its financial year-end for tax purposes says a lot about the firm and its management. And it says even more about the pressures currently facing the UK legal market in general […]

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The only consumer body able to bring class actions in the UK has slammed the system for being costly, time-consuming and offering little reward. Speaking at The Lawyer’s antitrust litigation conference last week (25-26 November), Which? head of legal Deborah Prince said that after dedicating 20 per cent of her workforce to a class action […]

Wolseley slims down panel to two firms

Building materials supplier Wolseley has revamped its UK legal panel, retaining only Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds for all its legal needs. Birmingham firm BPE Solicitors, Burges Salmon and Norton Rose – which previously carried out real estate, regional and employment work respectively – have been dropped. Wolseley general counsel Richard Shoylekov, who worked with UK […]

Osborne Clarke makes nine redundant

Osborne Clarke is to make eight fee earners and one member of support staff redundant. It comes as the firm reported a five per cent dip in revenues to £44.2m from £46.4m at the half-year point. The Bristol headquartered firm said these numbers were “better than expected” given the fall off in deal volumes valued […]

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