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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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Cameron McKenna is closing its San Francisco practice after just eight months. Robert Derry-Evans, managing partner at Cameron McKenna, is upbeat over the closure, saying the office had been set up to deal with the restructuring of the Californian electricity industry. However speaking to The Lawyer in November last year when the office was fully […]

North East firm gets air alliance off the ground

Newcastle and Darlington law firm Ward Hadaway is helping create a high-profile aerospace body out of 10 companies in an attempt to bring business to the region. The firm advised the 10 businesses on a memorandum of understanding that formed them into a corporate cluster called the Northern Defence Initiative Aerospace Group (NDI AG). The […]

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