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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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Using the new FATCA registration website: FAQs for financial institutions

The US Internal Revenue Service has opened the FATCA registration website as of 19 August 2013. This web-based system enables financial institutions to register themselves and their branches, if any, electronically from anywhere in the world without the need to print, complete and mail paper forms. Financial institutions worldwide can begin to enter their registration […]

Three 2013 UK Bar Award nominations for Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers has received three nominations in the 2013 UK Bar Awards. The law firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams are jointly shortlisted for Set of the Year. In addition, Outer Temple’s professional discipline team is shortlisted for Set of the Year and David Morris is nominated in the Professional Discipline Junior of […]

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Linklaters and Slaughters increase lead in FTSE 100 client tables

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have extended their lead at the top of the FTSE 100 client rankings for the second quarter of 2013, despite little movement in the market. Data provided by Adviser Rankings show that the FTSE 100, FTSE 200 and Aim client tables remained largely static over the quarter running between 10 […]

Contractual interpretation: implied terms

By Amantha Seneviratne The High Court has recently delivered a judgment on the interpretation of a restriction on the transfer of shares contained in pre-emption provisions in a shareholders’ agreement. The recent Court of Appeal decision in McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Investments Ltd and others (2013) confirms the Court’s reluctance to imply a term into […]

Disclosure to beneficiaries: in the matter of the B Family Trust [2013] JRC136

This case is a useful refresher on the topic of provision of information by a trustee to a beneficiary. The representor, B, sought disclosure of information in relation to two trusts of which she believed she was a beneficiary. The facts are relatively straightforward, although readers of the accountancy and legal press (or indeed, the […]

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