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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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A&O taps bank for £75m to cover HQ relocation

Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured a £75m bank facility to help cover the cost of its new offices at Bishops Square. The loan was put in place last year to augment the current £65.8m cash surplus A&O has built up via retained profit to pay for the move, planned for this October. A&O finance […]

Mofo hires LawGram outsourcing partner

Morrison & Foerster has boosted its London outsourcing practice with the hire of outsourcing partner Jon Edgell from Lawrence Graham. Edgell specialises in advice to purchasers of IT systems, such as banks and airlines, with particular emphasis on the Indian outsourcing market. He becomes the firm’s third outsourcing partner in London, working alongside Alistair Maughan […]

An expensive round

How’s this for a bargain? Apparently SJ Berwin is turning tour operator and offering clients an all-expenses-paid golfing trip out to Spain. The catch? You have to spend £1m with the firm in 12 months. Do that and you get to go for free. If you spend less, you have to pay a share of […]

Lay of the land

Preparations for the planning gain supplement are giving cause for concern north of the border. Will this new centralisation be a step backwards for Scotland? By Iain Macniven When Gordon Brown announced plans for a planning gain supplement (PGS) in his 2005 pre-Budget report, the reaction was a collective groan. The PGS is essentially a […]

Specialised local government legal qualification on the cards

Talks are being held to forge a brand-new qualification for lawyers specialising in local government work. The talks promise to revolutionise the way local government specialists are hired and promoted, and could lead to voluntary assessments beginning in as little as 15 months’ time. Local government law chiefs at firms including Bevan Brittan, Pinsent Masons […]

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