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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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In brief: Garretts still talking on Birmingham move

Garrett & Co is still in talks over plans to open up a new office in Birmingham. The Arthur Andersen-associated firm announced its intention to move into Birmingham in January. Senior partner Julia Chain says the firm is talking to lawyers interested in setting up an office there, but has nothing to announce yet. Chain […]

In brief: Simkins takes on film specialist

The Simkins Partnership has appointed a new partner to its film and television department. Antony Gostyn, a specialist in screen law, has in the past worked with Channel 4 and Carlton Television. He was previously head of the media group at D J Freeman.

Woolf appoints IT expert to inquiry

MASONS partner Richard Susskind, who is visiting professor to the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology at Strathclyde University, has been appointed as IT consultant to Lord Woolf’s inquiry into the civil justice system. Susskind, who is also past chair of the Society for Computers & Law, hopes to identify ways in which Lord Woolf’s […]

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