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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 former chief whip, The Sun and the costs budgeting regime

The libel battle between the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP and The Sun is creating new costs law that all litigators should be aware of. It could take the former chief whip longer to get his case against the tabloid before the courts after Master McCloud imposed sanctions on the claimant because his lawyers […]

Application of the UK Takeover Code — avoiding the widening net

With effect from 30 September 2013, the Takeover Code will widen the categories of companies it regulates by partially removing the residency test for companies that have their registered offices in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. These changes will have important consequences for AIM-listed companies incorporated in the UK, the […]

2013–14 UK employment developments

Things were more straightforward when employment developments were scheduled to come into force twice a year (April and October). This year has been far less predictable with numerous proposals promised and then postponed or delayed, and legislation being introduced on random dates such as 25 June and 29 July. Very significant changes have occurred or are about […]

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Diversity efforts fail to pay off at top end of profession

Firms’ efforts to promote gender diversity in the profession appear to be failing, with the proportion of partners who are women falling at half of the UK top 20. Research for The Lawyer’s UK 200 shows that among the 18 firms to have provided a breakdown of the gender of their partnerships so far, the […]

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