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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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Eversheds' administrator faces pensions charges

Eversheds’ Newcastle-based employment services company is being prosecuted by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for making late payments into its company pension scheme. The company, EIW Services (North East), will appear before Newcastle upon Tyne magistrates on 24 September charged with failing to pay employee earnings to the trustees of two pension schemes within […]

In brief: The Solicitors Family Law Association

The Solicitors Family Law Association has announced that 87 of the 130 members who applied for accreditation under its new scheme have succeeded. To qualify practitioners need to pass an examination, spend more than 550 hours a year on family work and be qualified for at least five years. The results were welcomed as evidence […]

In brief: Kent Jones and Done

Kent Jones and Done in Stoke-on-Trent has recruited a partner to its corporate and commercial department from Pinsent Curtis. Andrew Tyrer was previously a senior associate at Pinsents.

In brief: Paisner & Co

Paisner & Co has increased its fee earning staff by 12.5 per cent in the past three months, bringing the fee earning total to 155. The firm poached solicitors from Berrymans Lace Mawer, Berwin Leighton, Coudert Brothers, Garretts, SJ Berwin and Theodore Goddard as part of an expansion drive.

Stephenson Harwood adises on collision

Stephenson Harwood, Clyde & Co and Ince & Co are attempting to unravel the mass of claims flooding in following last week’s shipping accident in the Channel. Cruise liner Norwegian Dream, owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines, was in collision with Ever Decent, a cargo ship owned by Evergreen Marine Corporation, which was carrying toxic chemicals. […]

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