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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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Richard Millett on issues in the Bermuda Fire & Marine case. Richard Millett is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers and represented the corporate defendants.

The Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company used to be the island’s oldest insurance company. In 1993, it went into provisional liquidation with what was alleged by its liquidators, Ernst & Young, to be a deficiency of $450m. Almost all of its liabilities were contingent liabilities arising from its participation, between 1968 and 1983, on […]

Time has not changed for everyone involved

The turn of the 21st Century happened to co-incide with my firm’s 21st anniversary. Forgive me, therefore, if I indulge in a little introspection about the changes I have seen since 1979. I’m not talking about the technological changes, though I am typing this piece on my laptop and when I have finished it, I […]

Cameron McKenna partner tried to suppress sexual harassment claims

Sean Farrell meets one of the women at the centre of Camerons harassment case, who speaks out for the first time. One of the women at the centre of sexual harassment allegations levelled at Cameron McKenna has broken her silence in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer. Veronica Pescud, who was a secretary in the […]

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