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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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Global legal recruiter TMP Worldwide is acquiring the UK’s biggest legal recruiter QD Group. UK-based QD has operations in 10 countries and in 1999 had annual commissions and fees of £10.7m. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it is understood that TMP purchased QD for £43m, leaving founder Gareth Quarry with an […]

It's been a bad week for

Families of those who lost their lives on the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano when it was torpedoed by a British submarine during the Falklands war. The European Court of Human Rights rejected their attempts to bring a lawsuit against the Government as they had not first pursued all possible legal remedies in the UK. Hindu […]

Wragges advises on City deal

Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has staked its claim to the cream of City work by advising on one of the largest leveraged acquisitions ever completed in Europe. It worked alongside Slaughter and May and Lovells, advising the management of food company Ranks Hovis McDougall (RHM) on its sale by manufacturing giant Tomkins to a […]

Camerons five defect to Cadwalader

CMS Cameron McKenna partner Paul Biggs will take a team of four with him when he moves to US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in August. Douglas Bennet, Frank O’Flynn and junior assistant Simon Norris will leave the energy and project finance department and Charlotte Rogers will leave corporate. The four make up Camerons’ African […]

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