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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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Trade dress watch — the value of trade dress litigation is on the rise

By Heather Angelina Dunn and Shannon Mo The value of trade dress litigation is on the rise. While in the past the primary value of trade dress litigation rested in the ability of the plaintiff to enjoin competition (except possibly in cases of counterfeit goods), recent cases suggest otherwise. Juries in California and Texas recently […]

Hogan Lovells closes $650m acquisition of two global Kodak businesses for KPP

Hogan Lovells has advised the trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) on the implementation and completion of a comprehensive settlement of its claims against Eastman Kodak Company (EKC) and Kodak Ltd, its UK subsidiary. This included the acquisition of EKC’s Personalized Imaging (PI) and Document Imaging (DI) businesses, valued at $650m but acquired through […]

United Kingdom Privy Council to hear Madoff feeder fund appeal

In September 2011, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Commercial Court held that investors in Fairfield Sentry Limited (in liquidation) (Sentry), a feeder fund for Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities Limited (BLMIS), could not be forced to repay money received from the redemption of their shares in Sentry prior to its liquidation… If you are registered […]

Accession of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the New York Convention on arbitration

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) just became the 150th State to accede to the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards dated 10 June 1958, more commonly called the New York Convention, by statute no. 13/023 dated 26 June 2013. The DRC is the 33rd African state to accede the New York Convention. […]

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