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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 […]

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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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Michael Bloch QC quits Wilberforce for Blackstone Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers’ Michael Bloch QC has resigned from the set to join Blackstone Chambers just weeks after senior clerk Declan Redmond announced his exit for Keating Chambers. The move will be a significant boost for Blackstone and will fill a commercial and arbitration gap left by former chambers head Thomas Beazley QC, who quit the […]

US investors into Thailand leverage two incentives

By Paul P Chen and Jonathan Goacher Foreign investment and business participation in Thailand is often heavily regulated. The Foreign Business Act 1999 effectively closes the Thai market for services and certain other sectors to outside competition. The act does provide that exceptions may be made with government approval or under the foreign business licensing […]

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