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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 […]

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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 […]

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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…

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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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Clifford Chance set to launch gay network

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Shearman targets M&A and corporate in Abu Dhabi

Shearman & Sterling has vowed to ramp up its corporate and M&A capabilities in Abu Dhabi as part of the office’s five-year plan. The firm, which has had a presence in the jurisdiction for 30 years, will increase the number of partners from three to six, and triple the number of associates to 30. The […]

Addleshaws leads NHS group PFI scheme

Addleshaw Goddard has acted for Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Derbyshire Mental Health Trust on a trio of hospital and ancillary services deals worth a total £76.5m. Dubbed the Three Shires Batched PFI Scheme, the project has so far been given the go-ahead for the development of the Lincolnshire Community Hospital […]

City’s finest support state school scheme

Allen & Overy (A&O), DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Lovells have thrown their weight behind a scheme to encourage students who attend state schools to enter the law. The five top firms have pledged £350,000 to support the College of Law and Sutton Trust’s diversity scheme ‘Pathways to Law’ and will each offer […]

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