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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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In the UK, significant changes are imminent as the much anticipated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) takes a step closer to implementation with the release of a draft code of practice. DPAs offer a radical departure from the UK’s traditional approach to corporate criminality and, in conjunction with the Bribery Act, represent a significant change in […]

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Follett Stock case proceeds to higher judge as firm closes Bristol office

West Country firm Follett Stock has closed its Bristol office, as its winding-up case moves through the High Court. The firm’s winding-up case went before senior High Court insolvency official registrar Clive Jones last week. Jones agreed that the case could be adjourned and would be referred to a High Court judge. Meanwhile Follett Stock […]

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Gourmet burger chain Byron Hamburgers, advised by Freshfields and Travers Smith, was sold last week to private equity group Hutton Collins, advised by Dickson Minto. It’s all go in the restaurant world: to find out which lawyers have been gobbling up the deals, see our stories below. Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin on either side of […]

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