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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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In brief: The Government

The Government has greatly increased magistrates’ powers in the Youth Court to lock up juveniles. This appears to have taken place without proper consultation. The maximum custodial term that the Youth Court will be able to impose has increased from 12 to 24 months. Paul Cavadino, director of policy for the National Association for the […]

Mystery US firm offers £1m for UK partners

A US firm is offering a staggering £1m minimum salary in order to poach partners from UK practices. It is believed to be a record salary for a job advertisement. The huge incentive is the latest inducement by cash-rich US firms to attract City lawyers. An advertisement placed in The Lawyer is calling for UK […]

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Michelle Howie, property partner at Herbert Smith, advised BSkyB in relation to the acquisition of a new lease for the West Cross House in Brentford from Brixton Estates. The lease has been taken for a term of 20 years at an initial annual rent of £1.35m.

LCD's PI reforms 'incomplete'

Personal injury lawyers are furious that they have still not been told about the new rules and practice regulations that they will have to work under, with just 77 working days to go before the Woolf reforms take effect. Lawyers are angry that they are being given no time to prepare staff and clients for […]

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