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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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Solicitors rally for UK pro bono scheme

LEADING solicitors are to gather in London to discuss plans to set up a national solicitors’ pro bono service. The open meeting next month has been organised by leading charity lawyer Andrew Phillips and is backed by the Law Society and the national charity Business in the Community, which coordinates free legal advice to community […]

Flying in the face of untruth?

A verdict is due in PR man Brian Basham’s libel action over claims that he was a key player in the ‘dirty tricks’ campaign waged by British Airways against Virgin Atlantic. Basham is suing journalist Martyn Gregory and publisher Little, Brown and Co (UK) over allegations made in the book Dirty Tricks. The defendants in […]

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Taylor Joynson Garrett acted in the £11m sale of 25 of Lloyds Bank properties and two Woolworths stores for clients including British Aerospace Pension Fund and Value and Income Trust.

Clyde & Co strengthens Brazilian links

International law firm Clyde & Co has formed official links with Rio de Janeiro firm Prates & Carneiro to coincide with the return of its partner in Venezuela to the London office. Stirling Leech has been based in Brazil and Venezuela since 1990 and will continue to be responsible for the firm’s South and Central […]

Global firms rake in biggest turnover

BIG firms with a powerful presence overseas turn over half as much again as those without, according to a survey of the world’s 50 largest law firms. The survey, published by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), also found that firms which have partners and associates permanently based in foreign offices are more successful than […]

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