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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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Scotland’s Harper Macleod has continued to bolster its practice by taking over a firm in Shetland a week after hiring five partners from failed firm McClure Naismith. The Glasgow-headquartered firm, which is an adviser to Shetland Islands Council and does work in the Highlands and Islands from its base in Inverness and representative office in Thurso, has […]

Amendments to Slovenian companies act

The highly anticipated amendments to the Companies Act (ZGD-1), which entered into force on 8 August 2015, aim to improve the Slovenian business environment. The main changes, introduced by the amendments, are described below and are as follows: additional restrictions on the establishment of companies to those entities, using unfair commercial practices; restrictions to prevent […]

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