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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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Manchester firm DWF is among four firms to be handed first-time spots on the legal panel of the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC). Weightmans, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks Solicitors, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Hempsons Solicitors, Hill Dickinson and Mills & Reeve have been appointed for an initial two-year period to advise a group […]

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The way things are going, anyone wanting to earn a nice whack needs to start specialising in food law. Still trying to get over the fact that our flame-grilled beef patties were made of horse, consumers are now learning that farmed fish from Vietnam might be masquerading as the haddock in our local chippie. But […]

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Everyone wants to get their mitts on the legal market these days. Though disgruntled lawyers might be screaming “why?” at their computer screens, there’s no denying that ABS is the most fashionable acronym around. Okay, maybe that’s a mild exaggeration, but we say it partly because motoring giant RAC has been, ahem, driving the message […]

Stewarts Law, 2Birds, the angry investors and the Scottish bank

How long does it take to launch a rights issue claim? It has been more than three years since lawyer Steven Baker began advising the RBOS Shareholder Action Group on a potential £4bn claim against the bank. Back when the action was first mooted in 2010 Baker was still co-head of litigation at Olswang. He […]

Walker Morris expands its team of registered trademark attorneys

Walker Morris has appointed another registered UK and European trademark attorney, bringing the total number to four. Rachel Hearson has joined the firm’s trademarks and designs department from Urquhart Dykes & Lord to advise clients on a range of trademark, design, copyright and domain-name issues, from searching and brand selection to the prosecution of trademark […]

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