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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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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is expected to deliver its much-anticipated decision regarding the pending merger of bookstore chains Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s. HMV Group, which owns rival bookstore chain Waterstone’s, made a formal £96.4m takeover

Nabarros targets European best friends relationships

Nabarros targets European best friends relationships” />Nabarro Nathanson is set to shun the US, overhaul its European best friends network and expand it to Italy and Spain. The Lawyer understands that selected Nabarros partners are increasingly networking and meeting potential best friends in both Italy and Spain, while Scandinavia is also understood to be in the firm’s […]

Addleshaws, Biggarts make legal agrochemical history

Addleshaw Goddard and Scottish firm Biggart Baillie have joined forces to crack a Chinese generic agrochemical manufacturing ring, slapping 19 injunctions on companies in one fell swoop at an industry event. The BCPC Crop Science and Technology Conference in Glasgow is the world’s largest agrochemical conference, attracting millions of pounds of sales. The injunctions covered […]

Bond Pearce hires McGrigors real estate expert

Bristol-based Bond Pearce has strengthened its commercial property department with the appointment of Nick Huddert as a partner in the Exeter office. Huddert joined from Scottish firm McGrigors, where he was a director (the equivalent of a salaried or fixed-share equity partner). He is the sixth partner-equivalent to leave the firm’s London office in the […]

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Instead of viewing LLP audit requirements as a cost burden, the thorough going over of one’s accounts can bring great peace of mind. By Jeremy Black

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