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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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Studio Legale Sutti to launch in East Europe

Italian firm Studio Legale Sutti (SLS) is opening satellite offices in Romania and Bulgaria to capitalise on the strong presence of Italian companies in Eastern Europe. Three partners and five assistants have been recruited from local firms to set up the Bucharest office and SLS is in the process of recruiting eight lawyers in Sofia. […]

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The turmoil that has engulfed Cloisters for the past two years has not prevented it finishing fourth in The Lawyer’s House of Lords league table. It is the highest placed set from outside the magic circle, finishing just behind Blackstone, Brick Court and Fountain Court. It seems that the result of much internal wrangling – […]

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“We’re looking at streamlining and providing aggressive deterrents against time-wasting cases,” says a DTI spokesman. This review of employment tribunal procedure is on course to report next month. According to the DTI, the review is operating “under existing law”, with no powers to change legislation. In particular, the Government will be looking at providing more […]

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