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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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A dispute between ­Australian firm Clayton Utz and former partner Grant Fuzi, who defected to Allen & Overy (A&O) in February 2010, was settled after Fuzi returned his retirement payment as a goodwill gesture, The Lawyer can reveal. Fuzi was one of 14 ­Clayton Utz partners to join A&O when it launched in Australia last February. Following the move, ­Clayton […]

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Lincoln’s Inn firm Farrer & Co has posted a revenue of £46.7m for the last financial year, an increase of 9.6 per cent from £42.6m in 2010. The firm is also expecting a marginal increase in net profit, from £10m to £10.6m, a rise of 6 per cent. This represents a drop in the profit margin from 24 […]

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Brabners Chaffe Street and Reed Smith both helped wind turbine ­manufacturer Vestas secure an option to take a lease on a 70-hectare site at the Port of Sheerness in Kent. Vestas has chosen the site as the base for a potential new manufacturing and assembly facility for the company’s new V164-7.0MW ­offshore wind turbine. The turbine will […]

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