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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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Channel Islands firm Collas Crill opens in Singapore

Newly merged offshore firm Collas Crill is opening in Singapore later this year. Both Conyers Dill & Pearman and Walkers are already present in Singapore, but no other Channel Islands-headquartered firms have offices in the city. Collas Crill is relocating partner Sean Cheong from Guernsey to head the new office, which will practise both Guernsey […]

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Freshfields and Links win coveted places on BP’s UK panel

Magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have maintained top spots on BP’s new UK legal panel, which was announced today after a six-month review. The firms are joined by CMS Cameron McKenna, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Herbert Smith, McGrigors, Norton Rose, and Olswang. Other specialist firms have been selected for niche roles. The engagements […]

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Kennedys gains Dublin office via merger with Irish associate firm

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Norton Rose choir strikes the right note

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