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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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Australia: Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

By Ellen Williamson and Emma Bloomer The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 was introduced into parliament on 14 November 2013. The stated aim of the bill is to substantially replicate the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (Cth) (BCII Act). In light of recent press regarding alleged corruption and links between […]

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Chocolates, flowers and a divorce

Valentine’s Day should be a romance fest but can sometimes signal the end. Which is where the right legal solution can help. What is meant to be the most romantic day of the year is also a popular time for many couples to call an end to their marriage. But with a variety of options […]

Allen & Overy seminar set to offer overview of contract law with a focus on interpretation

On 20 May 2014, Allen & Overy will host a seminar entitled ‘The quest for meaning: an overview of the law of contact — part one: interpretation’. This session will focus on the key recent decisions affecting the interpretation of contracts and how the new rules on express and implied terms may affect your relationship with […]

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