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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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Philip Rule of No5 Chambers has succeeded in a judicial review to quash decision of the Parole Board in R (Davies) v Parole Board. The Administrative Court (Mr Justice Collins) has allowed the claim brought on behalf of an indeterminate sentence for public protection prisoner against the decision of the Parole Board declining to recommend his […]

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co helps establish the first solar farm in Sierra Leone

The cross-firm energy team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised Africa Growth and Energy Services (AGES) on the drafting of a series of project documents to support a landmark renewable project in Sierra Leone.  Part of the country’s strategy to use renewables to aid its huge power shortage, it will see the creation of […]

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BLP reports 22 per cent PEP rise with turnover up 6 per cent to £259m

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) turnover increased by 6 per cent to £259m for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rebounding to £659,000. BLP also cleared its bank debt and ended the year with a positive cash balance of £12m. This year results see a continued return to growth following a […]

Ogier launches global team providing offshore and legal advice relevant to tax

Ogier has launched a cross-jurisdictional tax team in response to requirements from corporate clients, their advisers and trustees. Having advised financial institutions, multinational corporates, funds and asset managers on offshore and legal advice relevant to tax for many years, the firm has now drawn together a team of partners with specific tax expertise. “Our tax […]

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