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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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White & Case opens Palo Alto office

Black joins White & Case from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black as partner. Roy Bartlett also joins as partner from the same firm along with Ellen McGinty King who joins as counsel. Steven Betensky brings the partner count in the new office to three. He joins from White & Case’s New York base. The US […]

Kamlesh

Kamlesh Bahl, former vice-president of the Law Society, told a tribunal last week that a disciplinary hearing in which she faced allegations of bullying was “uncivilised, barbaric and undignified”. The disciplinary hearing took place in December 1999, before the 75-member Law Society council. Bahl is accusing the Law Society of sexual and racial discrimination, victimisation […]

Rakisons and Steptoe & Johnson tie the knot

The two firms had been locked in talks for several months. The UK practice will be known as Steptoe Johnson Rakisons for the first year; after that, Rakisons will be permanently dropped from the name. The US firm will not change its moniker. Steptoe & Johnson chairman Lon Bouknight, who will become chairman of the […]

NAB forms nationwide law panel

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has created a formal nationwide panel for the first time. Long-term adviser Mallesons Stephen Jaques has been retained as its principal firm. There has been a relationship between the two since Mallesons advised NAB on its incorporation in 1858. But following a lengthy review, NAB has appointed nine firms to […]

Lord Chancellor to crack down on use of QCs

Lord Irvine says he plans to introduce much tighter new criteria into the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations which must be met before an application to increase or alter the number or seniority of advocates is made to the Crown Court. In future, he says, it must be shown that the case warrants the assignment of […]

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