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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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Shoosmiths has grown its real-estate team in Birmingham with the appointment of senior associate Brian Hession. Hession is a commercial property specialist, with particular expertise in commercial and mixed-use property development, investment, funding and leasing. He joins from Davies & Partners, a niche commercial property firm based in Gloucester where he was head of commercial […]

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New entrants in the solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) market are targeting UK top 50 firms, but smaller practices are finding it harder to find cover. As reported in this week’s professional indemnity special report, several new market entrants are keen to attract large firms to their PII roster. These include A-rated insurers CV Starr and […]

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Bucks County Council teams up with emergency services group for first local authority ABS

Buckinghamshire County Council has become the first local authority to form an alternative business structure (ABS), after the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) granted it a licence. The new venture, Buckinghamshire Law Plus, becomes effective on 24 November. It will combine the council’s existing in-house team with that of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands law advice to Century Sage Scientific Holdings regarding its listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of Hong Kong public offering and international offering. Century Sage Scientific Holdings, an investment holding company, primarily provides hardware and […]

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