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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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For the record…

PRIVY COUNCIL In ‘Caribbean Court of Justice set to replace Privy Council’ (page 2, 20 September), it was inaccurately reported that the appellate jurisdiction of the Privy Council would end in November 2004 with respect to Caribbean states. Although a new court is being launched, which has subsequently been delayed, the jurisdiction of the Privy […]

Norton Rose agrees 2007 move-in date for HQ

Norton Rose has finalised a deal that will see the firm move into new Foster and Partners-designed headquarters in 2007. The building is to be built by developers More London, and Norton Rose has agreed bespoke elements, including layout, with Foster and Partners. It will be situated near City Hall on the south bank of […]

Gibson Dunn makes push in Brussels

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its embryonic Brussels presence taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened its Brussels practice a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

The work-life quiz

Michael Laver, managing partner, Stevens & Bolton What was your first ever job? When I was 16 I sold fruit and veg from a market stall in Guildford. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Taking a statement from an 18-year-old who had just lost both legs in a motorbike accident Where’s the best place […]

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