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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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Survey evidence: first trademarks, now passing off

The courts have given guidance on the use of survey evidence in the context of trade mark proceedings. But what about passing off proceedings? A recent High Court decision has shed light on the issue. We described in an earlier article the comments made by the Court of Appeal in Marks & Spencer plc v Interflora on the […]

DLA Piper advises owner of Bargain Booze on its initial public offering

DLA Piper has advised Conviviality Retail, the owner of Bargain Booze, on its initial public offering to realise a market capitalisation of £66.7m on admission on AIM. Conviviality Retail operates the UK’s largest franchised off-licence and convenience chain, with more than 600 franchisee-owned stores in the north of England. The Conviviality Group is a buying, […]

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European moves: 8 August 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Central & Eastern Europe Romanian firm Mares Danilescu Asociatii has elected founder Simona Mares as a name partner and has changed its name to Mares Danilescu Mares. Mares practises corporate, banking and finance and infrastructure law. Austrian firm Schoenherr has promoted […]

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You get what you pay for

Sales people are a diverse lot; some are deeply averse to being labelled with the term ‘sales’ and others revel in living up to the associated stereotypes. From partners in law firms to field-based sales teams for IT companies, what they have in common is a business that’s dependent upon them to generate revenue. In […]

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Hill Dickinson issues £2.8m cash call

Hill Dickinson has issued a £2.8m cash call to its partners to stabilise its balance sheet after a year of heavy investment.  Fixed-share partners and full equity partners will be asked to contribute a further £1,000 per equity point, while the one-off contribution of £1,000 by salaried partners will remain the same. The additional capital […]

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