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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 Netherlands’ business community appears to have escaped the worst effects of the downturn, with the legal sector experiencing very little in the way of peaks and troughs. It would be easy to describe the Dutch legal market as boring, but perhaps a fairer word would be ­stable. While firms in neighbouring countries, particularly France […]

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MoJ plans massive rise in court fees

Court fees charged to litigants are expected to soar after the Ministry of Justice said the High Court and Court of Appeal should be paid for by court-users rather than the taxpayer. The MoJ has launched a consultation on the fees arguing that the costs should be increased and proportionate to the value of the claim […]

Work Life Quiz: Louise Griffiths, Stephensons

What was your first-ever job? A shoe shop assistant. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Coming into work in a lilac suit to find that I was unexpectedly going to court. As I walked into the courtroom the judge exclaimed: “A vision in violet!” Embarrassing, to say the least. Where’s the best place […]

Aware Wolf

Richard Wolf and Andrea Miskolczi explain why Austria’s Wolf Theiss is training its lawyers to be as commercially savvy as the clients they serve To be a very good lawyer is no longer enough these days. You also have to be an industry expert and a good manager. There are plenty of excellent lawyers around, […]

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