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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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Insurance rates slashed by 10 per cent

Overall rates for solicitors’ professional indemnity dropped by 10 per cent this year, according to early predictions. The total cost of premiums for the primary layer of cover dropped from more than £250m last year to £232m this year, foiling suggestions over the summer that rates would rise. The three largest insurers – Zurich Professional, […]

Norton Rose designer HQ finalised

Norton Rose has finalised a deal which will see the firm move into new Foster and Partners-designed headquarters in 2007. The building is to be built by developers More London, and Norton Rose have agreed bespoke elements including layout with Foster and Partners. It will be situated near City Hall on the south bank of […]

Legal aid, referral fees, compensation culture dominate Law Society agenda

Legal aid, referral fees and the compensation culture dominated proceedings at this year’s Law Society conference. Current Law Society president Edward Nally gave a rounded address, touching on issues as wide-ranging as Sir David Clementi’s review of regulation, diversity and the QC system. But in the forum afterwards, the audience focused on just one concern. […]

Fidal scoops EY Law partner

EY Law in Paris has lost yet another partner – this time to rival Fidal. Hervé Bidaud, a tax specialist, moves to the French number one after time as a partner at both Archibald Andersen and EY. As well as being a part of Fidal’s tax practice, Bidaud will work with Fidal’s management to develop […]

New Blackstone heads to target competition work

Blackstone Chambers’ newly-elected heads Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have a tough task building on the success of their predecessors at the top public and commercial law set. During their seven-year tenure, Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC grew turnover by 77 per cent, trading on the set’s existing public law expertise […]

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