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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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Manchester practice homes in on interactive Internet system

A MANCHESTER firm has become the first in the UK to buy and use an interactive Internet system which allows lawyers to practise law from their home page. Sole practitioner Stephen Baker & Co has installed NKT Interactive, a system which allows solicitors to carry out the preliminary stages of legal work with clients over […]

Sycamore aims to make legal profession 'fit for 21st century'

The Law Society needs to “tighten up its act” its president Phillip Sycamore has admitted, announcing a three-year review designed to make the society “more effective, more efficient and, above all, more relevant to those it serves”. Addressing about 800 delegates at the Solicitors’ Annual Conference in Cardiff last Friday, Sycamore’s comments were in marked […]

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Cameron McKenna advised software servicer NSB Retail Systems on its £4m admission to AIM.

Southampton firm sets up advocacy unit

A Southampton firm has set out to compete directly with chambers on the south coast by setting up its own employment advocacy unit. Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh, a 14-partner firm, has written to the top 75 firms in the country to alert them to a service it promises will compete with counsel on both performance […]

Clifford Chance seals deal to reschedule Soviet debt

Clifford Chance finance partners are celebrating the completion the world’s last outstanding sovereign debt rescheduling with the signing of an agreement by Russia to repay the former Soviet Union’s $33bn debt over the next 25 years. The firm’s two London finance partners, Cliff Godfrey and Andrew Yianni, have spent the past four months drafting the […]

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