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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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BT plumps for Linklaters for the UK’s biggest rights issue

Linklaters & Alliance has reaffirmed its relationship with top client British Telecommunications (BT) and advised on its mammoth rights issue to raise £5.9bn. Linklaters advised BT on the deal – the UK’s biggest ever rights issue – even though the client has strayed in the last year, calling in Allen & Overy (A&O) to advise […]

Lovells bags Ericsson work

Lovells is advising on the first pan-European property outsourcing deal involving the £200m sale of property owned by cash-poor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Ericsson is close to sealing a deal to take a swathe of European properties off its balance sheet. The deal plays to Lovells’ strength as a leader in the property outsourcing business […]

Getting real

While the whole of the legal market has changed dramatically over the last five years or so, the world of the paralegal has been transformed. Once the preserve of the non-graduate, increasingly those with legal qualifications who are waiting to find the right training contract are taking refuge as paralegals. But the UK market has […]

Rebel Code by Glyn Moody, published by Allen Lane (ISBN 0713995203)

This book is about one of the most important issues facing anyone involved in IT or new media. It should be required reading for techies because it puts the fundamental power shifts taking place in the software marketplace into historical context. The Open Source movement has so frightened Bill Gates that last week he announced […]

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Are you a lawyer? Single? Looking for a new firm with partnership (and I don’t mean anything to do with equity) prospects? Well, the place to be is with James “Cilla” Hodgson and his crew at KLegal. Hodgson is on a mission – a matchmaking mission – and he hopes to be buying a new […]

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