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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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Magic circle trio top the EMTN league

Three magic circle firms are dominating the European market for Medium Term Note (EMTN) programmes, leaving clear blue water between themselves and their closest rival for the last six months, Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz. Only three US firms made it into the top 10 of advisers to lead managers on EMTN programmes signed from 1 […]

Stevens & Bolton scoops trusts expert

South East firm Stevens & Bolton has hired a former solicitor at Union Bancaire Privée as a partner in its tax and trust practice. Peter Snowden was solicitor for the wealth and estate planning services of Union Bancaire Privée. He was previously director of Mourant & Co in Jersey and director of offshore trust services […]

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Weightmans has been axed from two panels, lost its retail and leisure team and seen merger talks collapse, but senior partner Ian Evans is fighting on Manchester is uncharacteristically sunny and looking pretty damn fine when I meet Ian Evans, senior partner of Weightmans. Although based in Liverpool, Evans has travelled down the M62 to […]

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