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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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Heleniak awaits Shearmans vote

New York firm Shearman & Sterling will vote this week to appoint M&A lawyer David Heleniak as its new senior partner. Present incumbent Stephen Volk has been in the role for 10 years, and under the firm’s partnership deed is allowed to serve only two five-year terms. Heleniak, whose clients include Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, […]

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Software developer Intrinsic disposes of its entire business to fellow developer SAS Institute for an undisclosed sum. Intrinsic advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Neil Vickers). SAS Institute advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Ken Baird, Colin Law). World Travel Holdings acquires deckchair.com in a deal worth nearly £10m. Deckchair.com advised by Altheimer & Gray (Brian Rutherford, […]

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A recent landmark Court of Appeal judgment has held, for the first time, that it is reasonable for a software supplier to contractually limit its liability to a user in the event of any subsequent claim made by the user. The Court of Appeal made its finding even though the relevant limitation of liability clause […]

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Hardwicke Building, the chambers of Nicholas Stewart QC (left), has been joined by Christopher Bayliss of One Inner Temple Lane. Called in 1986, Bayliss specialises in employment and motor industry law. The employment team now has 10 members. The arrival of Bayliss continues the chamber’s strategy of strengthening its specialist teams by selective recruitment.

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