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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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Last year, the Bank of Ireland anticipated adding yet another division to its multi-faceted operation by bidding for NatWest’s subsidiary Ulster Bank. In November, the financial institution aligned itself with Irish Life & Permanent in an attempt to acquire the Northern Irish bank, which would have added to its presence in the US, Germany, Hong […]

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After shocking the legal world with their merger announcement, Hammond Suddards and Edge Ellison have decided that the best way forward is to emulate the pukka Macfarlanes. Abigail Townsend reports on whether the firms have anything in common. It seems that Hammond Suddards’ recent £1m Saatchi advertising campaign was prophetic. “Official: Our expansion is faster […]

Chadbourne & Parke wins fight to open Beijing office

New York firm Chadbourne & Parke is to open an office in China, having been granted a licence by the Chinese Ministry of Justice. Chadbournes applied for the licence in 1994. It has finally received its certificate of approval and is now in the process of deciding exactly which lawyers it will charge with the […]

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