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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Jas Mann has defended Kevin Powell, 48, from Bilston, who has been found guilty of four charges of indecent assault relating back to when he was 12 years old. Powell assaulted two boys between 1978 and 1979, one in a public toilet and one in a house, in Bilston.  He was brought to the attention of the police […]

Mishcon moves to full equity alongside ABS application

Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold has revealed a series of structural changes, including a conversion to LLP status, bringing all partners into the equity and an ABS application. Gold says the restructure, and corresponding cash call, was sparked by the firm’s forthcoming £3m-plus rent hike as it prepares to take on 120,000 sq […]

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