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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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UAE law firm Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla has boosted its banking and finance practice with the appointment of Sandeep Puri as a partner in Dubai this month. He is the fourth lateral partner to have joined the firm since Baker & McKenzie and Habib Al Mulla merged in July 2013, bringing the total number […]

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Budget overview: one for the voters

Disentangling meaningful tax policy changes from the rhetoric of a pre-election Budget is a mercifully infrequent pastime. As a general view, however, this was not a Budget of material new fiscal give-aways (or impositions) affecting large business or cross-border investment. Changes were more focused on the taxation of individuals (voters). The mainstream rate of corporation tax […]

Walker Morris team discuss market issues at Retail Week Live

The Walker Morris retail team will be attending the Retail Week Live Conference, held on 11-12 March. Rupert Bent and Richard Jaques will be available over the course of Retail Week Live, held at Hilton London Metropole, to discuss topical market and legal issues affecting the retail sector. 

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