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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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2018: European alliances key to survival

Prediction: The large independents will survive, but mid-tier firms will merge with international incomers, particularly from Asia Continental Europe has always been slower than the UK or US to catch on to trends in the legal market, and while there has been consolidation in the past few years Europe has escaped the mass mergers that […]

DLA Piper advises ABN AMRO on future plans

DLA Piper has advised the Central Works Council of ABN AMRO on employee consultation and corporate governance in the future plans of the Ministry of Finance. The shares in ABN AMRO are currently held by NL Financial Investments, which has publicly advised regarding a potential stock listing in the future. Attached to the advice are […]

Keyword advertising from a German perspective

By Katharina Reuer A recent German case from December 2012 — ‘MOST-Pralinen’, concerning keyword advertising — shows the significant margin of appreciation national courts have to apply to European Court of Justice (CJEU) case law.  In the MOST-Pralinen case, the defendant bid on the generic keyword ‘Pralinen’ using Google’s ‘broad match’ function. This function then added […]

Ince & Co advises UASC on 10-containership order with Hyundai Heavy Industries

Ince & Co Middle East LLP (Dubai branch) has advised United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in the preparation and negotiation of bespoke shipbuilding contracts and related documentation in UASC’s largest ever newbuilding order. The order is for 10 containerships, along with option agreements for seven further vessels, with Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. The construction […]

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