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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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Set for a fight

One Essex Court has long been revered as the country’s leading set of commercial chambers. Its tenants are among the most highly-rated and highly-paid barristers currently at the bar, but they are leaving at an alarming rate. Matheu Swallow investigates One Essex Court has for so long symbolised all that is progressive about the commercial […]

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Despite some heavyweight clients and major deals under his belt, Garretts’ head of property Keith Barnett believes in a life outside of the profession. Fiona Callister meets this self-confessed Arsenal fanatic Normally when firms win a large deal it is hard to get them to stop talking about it. Not so with Garretts’ head of […]

Deacons and Dunhill tie the knot

Partners at leading Australian firms Deacons and Dunhill Madden Butler have voted in favour of merger. The two firms have been locked in talks for several months (The Lawyer, 12 June) and the merger, which will create a 140-partner firm, will be effective from 1 August. It will operate under the Deacons name. Over the […]

Employee protection – European-style

UK employees have fewer rights than those on the continent. Mark Humphries says this may change. The draft EU Bill of Rights has generated much comment in the press recently, most notably concerning the impact on our constitutional system. But the danger of overlooking more obvious problems, such as those that arise in the workplace, […]

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