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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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Legal aid cuts are ‘taking the profession back to Dickensian times’, says No5 Chambers

No5 Chambers practice director Tony McDaid has commented following the proposed changes to legal aid and the resulting protest by nearly 100 barristers outside Birmingham Crown Court. The government plans to cut £220m from the legal aid annual budget by 2018–19, which barristers believe will destroy the criminal justice legal system. McDaid said: ‘What they […]

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A&O picks up four-lawyer team for Paris employment practice

Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired a partner from French employment boutique Flichy Grangé Avocats to head up its Paris employment and benefits team. Claire Toumieux joins the firm as a partner along with three associates. Toumieux is currently in her second two-year term as vice-chair of the European Employment Lawyers’ Association. She specialises in […]

SEC enforcement cases to increase in 2014 — four things public companies need to know

By Nicolas Morgan and Jennifer M Feldman A casual observer of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) trends could be forgiven for concluding that the SEC has lost interest in pursuing enforcement actions involving public company financial reporting violations.   But the casual observer would be mistaken. This year, the SEC is intent on bringing record numbers […]

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Twitter trolls: the existing legal framework

Recent attacks on Twitter through the legislative framework into sharp relief The proliferation of social media has seen an increasing number of individuals, businesses and celebrities alike falling foul of social media conventions.  Whilst some of these are merely embarrassing, some misuse of Twitter has criminal consequences. Recent troll attacks Take the case of Caroline […]

New year novelties in Croatian legislation

With the arrival of the new year, several legal novelties have come into force in Croatia. The most important is the new law on oil and the oil derivatives market, which stipulates that the price of fuel will now be defined by the market instead of the state. With amendments to the Consumer Credit Act, […]

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