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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 […]

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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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ICI appoints a new company secretary

Chemicals giant ICI – currently restructuring its business – is appointing solicitor Debjani Jash to company secretary to replace Ken Rushton. Jash, who has been a solicitor in the group’s eight-lawyer legal department for four years, takes up the post on 1 January, replacing Rushton, who is retiring after 31 years in the post. ICI […]

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Wragge & Co has poached City banking litigator Tom Price from Macfarlanes. Price joins the Birmingham firm’s banking and financial sector as an associate and will continue to act for “a major UK financial institution”.

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According to pundits, e-commerce experts are few and far between. Mark Brandon examines industry’s views as to which firms are scaling the heights ‘Good e-commerce lawyers are rarer than hen’s teeth.’ That is, according to one head of department at a major City law firm which, in common with most of its rivals, is trying […]

A taxing time for windfall payments

Patrick Mears, head of the tax department at Allen & Overy Heather Gething, a tax partner at Herbert Smith Dominic Stuttaford, tax partner at Norton Rose Scottish Widows is appealing to the Inland Revenue over the amount of windfall tax its members are liable to pay upon demutualisation. Members of the organisation, which was recently […]

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