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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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Clark Pips Pescod to the Post for Senior Partner Role

Senior corporate partner Clark is taking over the position from Giles Henderson who will step down after eight years in the post. Clark was pitched against senior corporate partner Michael Pescod for the senior partner role which was announced to partners this morning after the ballot process was completed yesterday (22 January). Henderson, who has […]

Joseph Tan goes global with three new offices

Leading Singapore shipping specialist Joseph Tan Jude Benny Anne Choo is opening three overseas offices. The move will give the 17partner firm a larger international presence than any other Singapore practice. The new offices will be in Bangkok, Dubai and Hamburg and are expected to be operational by the end of the month. The locations […]

Leading commercial property firms in Guildford

Barlows specialises in commercial and corporate work and is well known for its commercial property practice. It has six partners. Charles Russell also has an office in Guildford. Following the merger with local firm Baldocks in September 1998, the firm has nine partners. It specialises in commercial property, commercial litigation, employment and private client. Clyde […]

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Two recent arbitrations have sparked discussion in public international law circles: Metalclad v Mexico and SD Myers Inc v Canada both addressed the definition of expropriation in public international law under the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), although in Myers, the tribunal concluded there was no expropriation. Under international law, expropriation is the taking […]

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A bunch of knotters

Wragge & Co is widely regarded as one of the main drivers behind the emergence of Birmingham’s legal community as a force to be reckoned with. Or so Quentin tells Tulkinghorn on a regular basis. But Tulkinghorn is disappointed to discover that Wragges lawyers are just like those everywhere – prone to embarrass themselves at […]

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