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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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Dublin man fights extradition

The House of Lords has granted leave for Dublin man John Joseph Gilligan to challenge High Court refusal of his appeal against an extradition order. Magistrates had ordered that he should be handed over to the Dublin authorities in connection with the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin. Gilligan was arrested at Heathrow on drugs charges […]

Can Brazil provide the 'real' deal?

Brazil’s upturn has intrigued investors, but enthusiasts should still exercise caution, warns Guilherme Brafman. Emerging markets have been a hot topic in the profession for some time. Brazil, with its massive 45 per cent contribution to the Latin American Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is a particular case in point. Brazil’s corporate sector has been keen […]

How to counter MDPs

At a session, “Dealing with MDPs”, Robert Vineberg of Canadian law firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg and Gordon Jones, a Canadian sole practitioner with a global tax practice, urged firms to “go on the offensive” when an accountancy firm moved into their local legal market. The two said firms should poach the MDPs’ unhappy lawyers […]

Y2K could see mass escape

I am on the panel of the first “virtual” millennium bug telephone conference for lawyers, taking place on 23 September. The event – sponsored by the DTI Action 2000 team, BT and The Lawyer – should prove valuable, particularly for those who see the hassle and expense of time away from the office as the […]

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