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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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Sarah Clarke QC prosecutes “Fake Forex Trader”

Sarah Clarke QC prosecutes in groundbreaking FCA case in which “Fake Forex Trader” Alex Hope was convicted and sentenced for Perverting the Course of Justice relating to breaches of his Restraint and Confiscation Order.  Sarah has already successfully prosecuted the same defendant for his original multimillion pound Ponzi fraud.  The case has received widespread media […]

Walker Morris announces flagship office move to accommodate future growth

Walker Morris, is to relocate to 33 Wellington Street, Leeds – a move that will be the largest professional services relocation in the city for almost 15 years. The building is undergoing a comprehensive £10 million refurbishment to provide a premium working environment for Walker Morris with significantly improved sustainability credentials. Walker Morris, which was advised […]

No5 barristers secure strong showing in the Annual Planning Law Survey

Barristers at No5 once again have made a strong showing in the annual report on the Planning Law Survey (Planning 22 March 2018). No less than 13 members of the Group appear in the list of most respected Planning barristers. In the Silk category, Martin Kingston QC retains his position in second place, having been […]

No5 barristers prosecute in Red Arrows ejection seat case

Rex Tedd QC and Bernard Thorogood, representing the Health and Safety Executive, conducted the prosecution of Martin Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd [Martin Baker].  This high-profile case was heard by the Senior Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit.  Martin Baker pleaded guilty, admitting that it was in breach of safety law.  A fine of £1.1m was imposed. In addition, Martin Baker […]

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