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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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Landlord’s possession claim not defeated by counterclaim in damages

With the threat of a possession order looming, tenants will try any number of things in an attempt to prevent an order being granted. The Court of Appeal has, however, confirmed in the case of Chowdhury v Woodman that an alleged breach of a landlord’s covenants will not defeat a claim for possession, even though it […]

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Tods Murray sees profit drop by 25 per cent in ‘slow’ 2011/12

Scottish firm Tods Murray’s LLP accounts show that the firm had a tough year in 2011/12, with revenue dropping by nearly 10 per cent and profit down by more than a quarter. Turnover at Tods Murray was £11.8m in 2011/12, down 9.8 per cent from £13.06m in 2010/11. Profit, meanwhile, fell by 25.8 per cent, […]

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Eversheds paid down nearly £20m of its debts in 2011/12, as the firm’s top line returned to growth for the first time in three years. Sources at Eversheds are bracing themselves for a more difficult 2012/13, however, as half-year figures show no signs of growth. According to Eversheds’ LLP accounts, the amount owed by the […]

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