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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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Linklaters and Kerman & Co are the big winners in the latest quarter’s rankings of law firms by number of listed clients, with the former’s FTSE 100 client count jumping by four to put it ahead of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Linklaters’ FTSE 100 client list grew from 24 in the first quarter of 2013 to […]

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Financial technology developer Media Ingenuity has snapped up in-house IT and IP specialist Melin Tarafdar from JPMorgan Chase as its new general counsel. Tarafdar will replace Brett Farrell, who joined Media Ingenuity from Barlow Robins in November 2011, as sole counsel at the 45-person company. Farrell is returning to Sydney, where he started his career […]

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Clydes turnover hits £336.6m, PEP up five per cent to £580k

Clyde & Co has posted a 17 per cent rise in turnover from £287m to £336.6m at the end of the 2012/13 financial year. Profits per equity partner (PEP) rose by just over 5 per cent to £580,000, just above the £550,000 predicted by chief executive Peter Hasson last year. Growth appears to have slowed […]

Early disclosure of evaluation documents in public procurement dispute

In Roche Diagnostics Ltd v Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust [2013] EWHC 933 (TCC), an unsuccessful tenderer was entitled to both specific and pre-action disclosure in a public procurement dispute in relation to two related contracts. Coulson J provides important guidance on how the courts will approach early applications for disclosure in public procurement disputes. […]

Walker Morris defends judicial review against planning permission

Walker Morris recently acted successfully for an interested party in the refusal of two separate applications for judicial review. The interested party, FCC Environment UK Ltd (FCC), was the proposed developer of an energy-from-waste site for which the granting of planning permission by Buckinghamshire County Council was challenged by the two claimants (Kolb and Prideaux). The […]

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