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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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No5 Chambers’ Shakil Najib and Tim Harrington have been appointed as Recorders. Shakil will sit in Crime on the North Eastern Circuit. Tim will sit in Crime on the Northern Circuit. Both are amongst 133 Recorders appointed by the Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP, and the […]

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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 […]

Wolf Theiss strengthens data protection practice with new hires

After the addition of Partner Maria Maxim who joined Wolf Theiss in September 2017 as the coordinator of the Data Protection and TMT (Telecommunication, Media & Technology) practices in Bucharest, Wolf Theiss has recently strengthened its local team with the following new hires. Bogdan Arsene, an associate attorney with almost 10 years of experience, Bogdan […]

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