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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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Treasury's financial services bill fails to clear up uncertainty

The Treasury is squandering the opportunity to arm London with an effective financial services regulator by a “piecemeal” approach to consultation, leading financial services lawyers have warned. Lawyers were hoping the draft bill, published by the Treasury a fortnight ago, would end uncertainty over who and what activities would come under the Financial Services Authority’s […]

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Gillian Hall of Newcastle firm Watson Burton advised display marketing company Premier Direct Group on its £6.5m flotation on the Alternative Investment Market. Watson Farley & Williams advised nominated adviser Charles Stanley.

A court that knows no boundaries?

The international criminal court treaty is a big achievement but can it deliver what it promises? Jonathan Stanley is a London-based writer on law. British lawyers have played a skilled part in preparing and negotiating the hard-won treaty to establish a permanent international criminal court (ICC). The treaty, which is the culmination of years of […]

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John Russell of Simmons & Simmons is advising BAT Industries on its $3bn euro medium term note programme. Boyan Wells of Allen & Overy advised investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

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