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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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Ukraine introduces criminal liability of businesses

On 1 September 2014, criminal liability of legal entities will be introduced in Ukraine. The president of Ukraine signed a relevant law, under which amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine come into effect. Criminal liability arises if an authorised person (such as a director or other persons entitled to […]

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UK lawyers less wealthy than Bric counterparts

UK lawyers are lagging behind their counterparts in the developing world when pay is compared to average gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, according to new research. Senior lawyers from Brazil, Russia, India and China earn on average 23 times the average GDP per capita, compared to salaries of 5.4 times GDP per capita in […]

Lawyers and politicians red-faced over will

People normally leave their cash to relatives, animal sanctuaries or their cat. Not the Government. But the Tories and Lib Dems had to return a £520,000 donation to the Treasury this morning after accepting money from a pensioner which may not have been for them. The name partners at Bristol-based Davis Wood were no doubt […]

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MAB reports profit and turnover rise with PEP hitting £616k

South East firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) has reported a 57 per cent jump in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2012/13 financial year, rising from £390,000 to £616,000.  According to early results from data in this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 (12 August 2013), the increase puts the firm above a […]

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