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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 […]

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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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A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years. The increase in female lawyers, which represents 40.1 per cent of the total promotions, comes after the firm considered introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 to better promote […]

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Walker Morris has delivered for Endless on its FMG investment. A multidisciplinary team of lawyers at Walker Morris advised outsourced management specialist Endless on its investment in the management buyout of incident management and roadside recovery company FMG. FMG specialises in providing outsourced incident management services for a range of clients including insurance companies, corporates and […]

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Trowers gains licence to become first qualified foreign firm in Malaysia

Trowers & Hamlins has become the first firm to be granted a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) licence in Malaysia after changes to the way foreign firms can practise in the country last June. The licence was approved by the Malaysian Bar Council and is effective from 4 April 2015. It will last three years, […]

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Dentons-McKenna Long tie-up: why it took 18 months to seal the deal

Dentons is basking in the victory of finally sealing the deal with McKenna Long & Aldridge yesterday following failed merger negotiations with the firm two years ago. But was it worth the wait? It is less than four months since Dentons, with great fanfare, announced it was to become the world’s largest law firm through […]

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