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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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Law firms on hit-list for IT thieves

Gangs across Britain are targeting law firms and stealing computer equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, suppliers warn. The profession is being hit by a “thefts-to-order” campaign, according to a founder member of the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers. Stephen Taylor-Parker says that highly computer-literate gangs are targeting legal practices in a series of […]

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Making resolutions about pro bono work

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Nabarros helps seal coal deals

Nabarro Nathanson’s Niall Logan helped create industrial history in what is believed to be British Coal’s biggest single legal transaction. The property partner took part in a marathon five-hour signing and sealing of hundreds of documents transferring mining rights to the private sector. Each document had to be stamped up to 10 times with the […]

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