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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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High Court strikes out FT libel claim

The High Court today struck out the record £230.5m claim for special damages made by City stockbrokers Collins Stewart Tullet in its libel battle with the Financial Times (FT). The company was seeking the damages following an article that alleged financial wrongdoing and which, it claimed, caused a large fall in its share price. The […]

Shaw Pittman opens in Taiwan

US firm Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwanese firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu joined Shaw Pittman in April and will head the Taipei office, which will primarily be advising clients on intellectual property issues. “We’re here today because we believe the future of […]

Inland Revenue relights the debate over legal privilege

When can disclosure be dangerous? The Revenue and lawyers are at loggerheads. By Joanne Harris Legal privilege is something that lawyers take for granted. It is a long-enshrined fact of legal practice, confirmed by the highest courts, that what you discuss with your client remains confidential. Increasingly, however, legal privilege is coming under fire. In […]

Cobbetts signals IP intentions with Martineaus lateral

Cobbetts’ Birmingham office has taken a partner from new neighbours Martineau Johnson. Mauro Paiano will join Cobbetts in November as head of the contentious intellectual property (IP) team, moving just a few floors from Martineaus. The two firms recently took up separate leases in new offices at 1 Colmore Square in Birmingham. Paiano, who brings […]

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