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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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Epiq Systems Opens Office in Tokyo

Epiq Systems, Inc., a leading provider of managed technology for the global legal profession today announced the opening of its offices in Tokyo. The office, which is located in the heart of the city’s legal community, includes a newly built Document Review Services (DRS) laboratory with capacity for over 50 reviewers. Epiq will offer Clearwell […]

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E-disclosure: open questions

E-disclosure is slowly gaining acceptance, but how big a difference will civil litigation reforms make? Q: The SFO has chosen to use its own team of junior barristers for the e-disclosure exercise in the Tchenguiz case, arguing the issues are too complex for an LPO provider. Do you think LPOs will ever be able to grapple […]

Internet service providers — beware blogs

In Payam Tamiz v Google Inc, a case that considered an internet service provider’s (ISP’s) liability for potentially defamatory comments posted on a blog, the Court of Appeal has delivered a judgment that gives rise to real concerns for blogging platform providers. The defendant, Google Inc (based in the US), operated a blogging platform. In […]

Wayne Nash joins Shoosmiths’ Manchester real-estate litigation team

Shoosmiths has hired a new partner to head its Manchester property litigation team. Wayne Nash advises private and public sector clients on real-estate litigation matters, including enforcement action against defaulting tenants, retail administrations, strategic portfolio management and dilapidations claims. He also has experience in real estate, corporate restructuring and debt. Nash joins from Pannone, where […]

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