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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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Sackers re-elects Pittaway as senior partner for fourth time

Sackers has re-elected Ian Pittaway as its senior partner for his fourth consecutive term, which will run for three years from April 2014. The firm’s partners voted unanimously for Pittaway in the uncontested election.  Since first becoming senior partner in 2005, Pittaway has helped the single-site pensions boutique to increase its revenue and net profit […]

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​Dickson Minto grows banking practice with son of star partner Barron

Dickson Minto is beefing up its banking department with the hire of Weil Gotshal & Manges senior associate Chris Barron, who is joining the firm as a partner. The hire at the private equity-led firm is particularly notable in that Barron’s father, banking specialist Michael Barron, is an equity partner at Dickson Minto. “For some […]

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