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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 […]

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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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The exodus from Linklaters’ Stockholm office has continued with the defection of four associates to local firm Vinge. Tax specialist Odile Fallenius will join Vinge as a partner in February 2011 following maternity leave. Joining Fallenius is a team of three associates: Paul Dali, Tora Hansjons and Lina Hansson. The new additions bring Vinge’s tax […]

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Lady Justice Hallett has been appointed as chair of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) for a three-year term. Hallett LJ, who is currently presiding over the inquest into the 7 July 2005 London bombings, was only the fifth woman judge to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. She is widely perceived as a possible […]

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The West Midlands has a new legal giant. Well, okay, a new £24m firm. It might not qualify as the latest in the growing list of transatlantic behemoths but the merger of Shakespeare Putsman and Needham & James is enough to place the new firm among the top 100 largest in the UK (see story). […]

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NDA legal team grounded by Cumbrian shootings

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