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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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The House of Lords will hear the next instalment in the dispute between Kuwait Airways Corporation and Iraqi Airways on 15 January.

A&O slashes partner drawings by 20 per cent

Allen & Overy (A&O) is cutting its partner drawings by 20 per cent to protect the firm in the event of bad end-of-year figures. The move is deemed precautionary and is being seen as a measure to avoid cashflow problems.“It’s the appropriate and correct thing to do. Law firms are run for cash and are […]

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Rowe & Maw (Archana Hogarth) advised England Football Enterprises, a subsidiary company of the Football Association, on the successful planning application for its development of the National Football Centre, a state-of-the-art facility at a 350-acre site near Burton-Upon-Trent. East Staffordshire Borough Council advised in-house (David Duckitt). Staffordshire County Council also advised in-house (Colin Davis). Freshfields […]

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