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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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Cyprus’s largest firm, Andreas Neocleous & Co, is setting out its stall to become a more international outfit by unveiling plans to open in Beijing. The firm has submitted an application to establish a representative office in the Chinese capital and is also looking for a Chinese alliance firm, corporate head Elias Neocleous ­confirmed to The Lawyer. […]

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Family value: how private client filled the corp gap

Family constitutions, governance, succession planning and plain old hard work are in the spotlight, writes Catrin Griffiths from Monaco Long associated with crumbling stately homes, errant marquises and Uncle Matthews, private client work has now stepped decisively into the City mainstream. With corporate funds evacuating the market as the recession took hold, international private investors […]

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Mr Clean: Graham Arthur, UK Anti Doping

Graham Arthur, director of legal at UK Anti-Doping, leads a team looking to level the playing field for Britain’s sportsmen and women. Joanne Harris reports  On the shelf in ­Graham Arthur’s modest office overlooking Trafalgar Square is a plastic bottle of sports supplement. It is an unusual feature for a lawyer’s room, but it […]

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