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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 lawyer moves in-house to Braemar Reit

Real estate investment fund Braemar Group has hired Orla Ball as its new in-house counsel. Ball joins Braemar from Eversheds‘ Manchester office, where she was an associate in the corporate team for 12 years. She is tasked with bringing in-house much of the legal work that the Braemar Group previously contracted out to external law […]

US firms givin’ it large

Over the last 18 months I’ve been listening a lot to managing partners predicting a spate of mergers in the legal sector. But despite all the exploratory phone calls and discreet lunches, there hasn’t been anything that’s come near to an agreement. Over the past 18 months I’ve been listening a lot to managing partners […]

Countrywide sale proves big draw for big firms

The negotiations over the fate of debt-ridden estate agent Countrywide have pulled in a dizzying array of legal advisers. The big roles went to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May on a deal that is likely to see control of the company pass to a group of private equity investors that have injected […]

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Glasgow City Council names panel choices

Glasgow City Council has finalised its new legal panel, ­awarding places to DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons alongside a host of Scottish firms. Burness and Biggart Baillie were the biggest winners, with places on seven on the council’s nine sub-panels. Brodies and DLA Piper were handed mandates on six sub-panels, while Pinsents was included on […]

Trowers axes four real estate positions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy ­consultation with fee-­earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales ­market, with three in ­Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. Those working on plot sales in the firm’s larger ­London […]

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