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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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Lockton International general counsel Charlotte Taggart has left the broker for private practice, becoming a corporate insurance partner at RPC. Taggart will join the firm’s corporate insurance practice on 1 January following four years in-house with Lockton, which she joined from RSA in January 2009. In 2010 she oversaw the company’s conversion to an LLP […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) IP litigator Huw Evans is set to leave the firm to join Norton Rose as a partner. Evans, who focuses on patent litigation, moved to the magic circle outfit in 2009 from Wragge & Co alongside DLA Piper IP partner Neville Cordell (22 June 2009). The hire follows news of Norton […]

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Work Life Quiz: Steve Ryan, SA Law

What was your first-ever job? Stagehand at the local theatre. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Wandering into my principal’s office without a counsel’s notebook and pen. His reaction taught me never to do that again. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

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High Court dismisses claim against Evening Standard as “attempt at extortion”

Mr Justice Tugendhat has slammed a claimant who attempted to sue London Evening Standard journalist Andrew Gilligan calling the case an “attempt at extortion”. Throwing out the claim the High Court judge said the dispute, alleging breach of confidence, or misuse of private information, was a “breach of process”. Claimant Peter Abbey instructed lawyers at […]

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