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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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Burges Salmon tops £30m mark

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has recorded an impressive 25 per cent growth in turnover, taking it through the £30m barrier. Profits per partner climbed to £310,000 from £255,000 for 1999/2000. Top equity partners have made £360,000, while those at the bottom are at £190,000.Senior partner Richard Wynn-Jones said: “It’s been a very good year, but […]

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

This first-ever smart card deal for a local authority saw Nabarro Nathanson act for new client Bracknell Forest Borough Council in its £3.3m deal with BT Ignite Solutions. The council is taking advantage of its location in the M4 Corridor to press ahead with this high-tech innovation. As a result of the joint enterprise, Bracknell […]

Separated at birth

As the country’s Tories mull over whether to plump for the man in the Hush Puppies who can get them cheap fags or the man who no one had heard of two months ago, Tulkinghorn can reveal that the latter, Iain Duncan Smith, has a dark secret. Tulkinghorn has discovered that Duncan Smith is, in […]

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