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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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Dentons, Linklaters, Travers Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have settled a £184m battle between the Pensions Regulator and Lehman Brothers administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The settlement will mean that pension scheme members will receive benefits due to them and ends a six-year battle between the administrators, the Pensions Regulator and the scheme trustees. The £184m […]

Shoosmiths hires two new partners to its Birmingham office

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two partners who will be based at the firm’s Birmingham office: Karen Featherstone and David Adams. Featherstone joins as partner from Pinsent Masons where she was a senior associate in the tax team. She has significant experience in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and reorganisations. She will head up Shoosmiths’ tax […]

Difficult to call steady growth in UK construction market, says Eversheds

Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy has commented on the latest projections for future UK construction industry growth. Conroy said that it is encouraging to see that confidence remains intact after other recent figures suggested the outlook was ‘perhaps a bit more muted’. He said: ‘It remains the case that infrastructure still requires a catalyst such as […]

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Top 10 stories 20 July – 27 July 2014

Mark Brandon’s forthright opinion article on the future shape of the legal market continues to have the market talking and commentators commenting. In case you missed it, Brandon’s points include his contention that US firms will eventually be dominant in London, that Vereins have had their day and that the modern obsession with process is […]

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