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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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Nigel Hamilton QC, the barrister suspended from the Bar for three months for sexual harassment, has been sacked by the Lord Chancellor from his part-time assistant recorder post on the Western Circuit. His dismissal follows the high-profile Inns of Court disciplinary tribunal that took place earlier this year and which found Hamilton guilty of sexually […]

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Senior members of the Polish Bar were expected to be among more than 600 people attending the British Law Days programme in Warsaw last weekend. Organised as part of Poland’s British Days event, the programme was designed to present the latest developments in English law to Polish lawyers, civil servants and government officials. Funded by […]

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