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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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Foreign lawyers in Russia will no longer have to go through the bureaucracy of registering with the Ministry of Justice following the passing of new rules last week designed to cut red tape for foreign businesses there. However, the Ministry of Justice is understood to have strongly opposed the new exemption for lawyers and it […]

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Uncertain future for refugees

Tanya Goldfarb says there is a danger the Government will make the rules too strict. Tanya Goldfarb is a solicitor at Magrath & Co. The current laws and regulations governing asylum seekers and refugees are, according to the tabloid (and increasingly the broadsheet) press, too lax and all too often allow economic migrants to benefit. […]

In brief: Ombudsman Barnes appointed to LAB

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