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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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Resolve to evolve

People who call for revolution are often in the minority and are easily dismissed by the majority, who are comfortable with the status quo. But when the status quo is less profitable, less efficient and denies opportunity, those who call for revolution may not be in the minority for long. It is probable that during […]

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With the election seemingly coming up, invites for the fundraisers have been coming in. Nothing, alas, for the infamous Lord Irving bash, but so non-committal has the Lawyer been about his true political leanings that we have cards on the mantelpiece for three separate party functions. I’m going to find the spring rather a strain, […]

Radcliffes to gain lucrative Italian work with City senior lawyer hire

London firm Radcliffes is poised to win work in Italy, potentially worth millions, after strengthening its cross-border capability by luring a dual-qualified senior lawyer to join the practice as a consultant. The Italian group comprises associate Nello Pasquini, a dual-qualified corporate lawyer, and founder and head Michael Nathanson. Nathanson anticipates that sole practitioner Arturio Barone’s […]

Lovells in talks with Spanish firm

Lovells is in merger talks with Spanish-based Castro Sueiro & Varela Abogados and discussions with the firm are reaching a critical stage. A source close to Lovells says the talks with the Spanish banking and derivatives practice are now at a “sensitive stage”. It is understood that Lovells had met with another Spanish firm, Despacho […]

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