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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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Firm finds Guildford connection

Charles Russell is to more than triple the size of its Guildford office by merging with seven partner corporate and property outfit Baldocks. In a deal which both sides are describing as a merger, Charles Russell’s Guildford office and Baldocks will come together on 1 September, as Charles Russell Baldocks – although Baldocks may later […]

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Strategies for a euro future

With the imminent adoption of the single European currency, ensuring your systems are euro compliant is a wise investment, says Kiran Sandford. Kiran Sandford is a partner in the IT/telecoms group at Taylor Joynson Garrett. Although most organisations now have their Year 2000 compliance programmes well under way, many are not yet prepared for the […]

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Reuters general counsel and company secretary Simon Yencken has moved into an executive role at the multinational media group, becoming executive director and chief operating officer of a Reuters Silicon Valley software subsidiary TIBCO Finance Technology. The subsidiary, based in Palo Alto, California, provides software to finance companies. He is being replaced later this month […]

DAC is hit by defections from banking department

A consultant and four of the six assistants in Davies Arnold Cooper’s banking department are leaving the firm. Two of the assistants, James Dakin and Kim McMurray, who joined DAC in 1996 have gone to Nabarro Nathanson. Assistant Lynette Denzey is going in-house to client Close Brothers and legal executive Feride Mehmet is going to […]

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