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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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Stephenson Harwood boosts revenue by 23 per cent

Stephenson Harwood’s revenue has swelled 23 per cent to £38.6m for the first six months of the year. The firm, which made £31.3m in the same period last year, has seen its corporate practice take the lead with 63 per cent growth with other practices also experiencing double-digit growth. “We have continued to see a […]

FFW grows derivatives with Citigroup head

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has boosted its derivatives practice with the hire of Joseph Carrico, the former head of legal services for trading at Citigroup. The move is Carrico’s first step into private practice after a 19-year in-house career at a number of banks. Carrico said: “I’d been interested in a move to private practice […]

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Star performers report growth above 20 per cent

Ashurst, Bird & Bird, Herbert Smith, Nabarro and SJ Berwin are the star performers of the financial year at the half-year stage. All five firms have increased their fee income by more than 20 per cent during the first half of the year. Ashurst and Herbert Smith both increased revenue by 25 per cent while […]

TRIC shot

Last week (5 November), The Lawyer revealed news of Norton Rose‘s new international strategy to focus on Turkey, Russia, India and China. They are the TRIC countries, apparently, rather than the BRIC countries, which comprise the same ones, but with Brazil instead of Turkey. It’s been dubbed ‘New Horizons’, which is unfortunate. It merely adds […]

Heather Mills and Mishcons part company

Heather Mills has parted company with her divorce lawyer, Anthony Julius of Mishcon de Reya, a week after being dropped by her media spokesman Phil Hall. Mills is in the throes of a divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Litigation specialist Julius is known for representing high profile figures in divorce cases, having represented […]

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