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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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In May 1994, I was not entirely optimistic about the year ahead. The last quarter of this firm’s 1993/94 year saw us quieter in business terms than we had been for some time – the decline of our reconstruction and insolvency work seemed to herald the end of the recession, but it wasn’t matched by […]

Knights switches to modern home after two centuries

AFTER 227 years, Staffordshire law firm Knight & Sons has moved from Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to purpose-built offices on the outskirts of the town. The move was the result of months of planning and is considered a new chapter in the firm’s history. Senior Partner Tony Bell says: “Although it is with some sadness that […]

City firms join forces for bank sell-off

Leading city firms Slaughter and May and Freshfields are advising on the £1 billion bid by Dresdner, Germany’s second-biggest bank, for leading UK investment bank Kleinwort Benson. An offer document will now be produced and passed to Kleinwort’s shareholders, who will vote on the bid recommended by the UK bank’s board. The Slaughter and May […]

Russian workers join UK practices

MORE than 300 employers, including an increasing number of the UK’s top law firms, are expected to take Russian workers on placement as part of this year’s Chancellor’s Financial Sector Scheme. Norton Rose, Linklaters & Paines, Clifford Chance and Stephenson Harwood are among the firms participating in the project which was established in 1992 by […]

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