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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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Hammonds’ Crossley: the only choice for top job

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley is standing unopposed in the firm’s current elections for the top job. Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley is standing unopposed in the firm’s current elections for the top job. However, Crossley cannot be crowned king automatically, as according to Hammonds’ constitution he must receive more than 50 per cent of […]

Partner trio makes way to Maxwell Winward

City firm Maxwell Winward has made its first round of lateral hires after it was formed via a merger between Maxwell Batley and Winward Fearon in April. Senior partner Raymond Levine said the firm was cautiously in growth mode, shoring up its real estate, construction and alternative dispute resolution practices in anticipation of the credit […]

Legal profession reserves judgement on Planning Bill

The proposed Planning Bill, which has its second reading in the House of Commons today (10 December), has met with a mixed response from the legal community. The bill, which is seen as the first attempt at a major overhaul of the planning regime for several years, is seeking to establish an Independent Planning Commission […]

BCCI group proposes two-day limit on opening arguments

The BCCI working party announced that long trials should have statements of case limited but on the whole said the current civil procedure rules are already sufficient. The BCCI working party today (6 December) announced that long trials should have statements of case limited but on the whole said the current civil procedure rules (CPR) […]

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Calunius Capital

Life for Calunius Capital founding partner Mick Smith (pictured) has come full circle. Life for Calunius Capital founding partner Mick Smith (pictured) has come full circle. Having quit the law in 1996, one year after qualifying as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Smith is now at the helm of the first broker of third-party […]

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