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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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Space – the final frontier of law firms

Linklaters is one of a number of City law firms that are considering a feng shui-style makeover of its workspace. The firms have taken part in a study by workspace experts, who say the office environments of many firms are rooted in the past. “Their basic design conventions… have changed little since the 1970s,” it […]

Lovells boosts property dept with new partners

Lovell White Durrant is continuing to bolster its commercial property department with a second injection of partner appointments. Andrew Sanders, a partner in the property services department at DJ Freeman, and Dion Panambalana, property partner at Nabarro Nathanson, are joining after two other partners were recruited to the department earlier this year. Nicholas Cheffings joined […]

Theodores chief steps down over high workload

Theodore Goddard’s managing partner Peter Kavanagh has relinquished his position half way through his term because of the overwhelming workload. Kavanagh, who officially took over the post in May 1997, will return to his fee-earning role in the firm’s corporate group. Kavanagh says: “The basis on which I had agreed to take on the role […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith’s Brussels office celebrated its tenth anniversary in the city last week with an evening of music and song. The event, held at the Theatre du Residence Palace, was presented by Sir John Mortimer QC and attended by partners and clients of the firm.

Lawyer fights to reveal MoD case handling

A London solicitor says the Ministry of Defence must be more open in its handling of cases after the prosecution of a soldier accused of spying was aborted last week. Steve Barker, of Barker Gillette, thinks the 1997 arrest of his client, Major Milos Stankovic of the Parachute Regiment, under the Official Secrets Act was […]

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