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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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In September 2011, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Commercial Court held that investors in Fairfield Sentry Limited (in liquidation) (Sentry), a feeder fund for Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities Limited (BLMIS), could not be forced to repay money received from the redemption of their shares in Sentry prior to its liquidation… If you are registered […]

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Ministry of Sound turns to Wiggin to launch suit against Spotify

Music streaming service Spotify has brought in Taylor Wessing to help defend a database copyright claim levelled at it by dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS). The case was launched at the High Court on Monday. The MoS has instructed Wiggin partner Simon Baggs to lead the case. Baggs has instructed Maitland Chambers’ Edmund […]

Exclusive: Speechly aims at Europe with Geneva launch

Speechly Bircham is staking its future on international expansion across Europe kickstarting today with the launch of a second office in Switzerland. The office launch in Geneva comes just months after the firm called off merger talks with Withers (23 May 2013), which opened in the jurisdiction in September 2005. The Speechly office will be […]

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