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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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Walker Morris appointed to major Manchester residential development

A detailed concept development is under way for two sites in Ancoats and New Islington, which will complement existing community facilities and transport investment. A local community engagement event was held on 5 March to share initial plans to sympathetically develop Murrays’ Mill, one of the oldest surviving steam powered cotton mills, into high quality […]

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Four judges have left office after an investigation into allegations that they watched pornographic material on judicial IT equipment in their offices. District Judge Timothy Bowles, immigration Judge Warren Grant, and Deputy District Judge and Recorder Peter Bullock were removed from office by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.  The fourth judge, Recorder […]

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Portugal – Less pain, more gain

Early repayment of its bailout and solid M&A interest from foreign investors have brought optimism to Portugal’s lawyers. The word ‘crisis’ no longer has such strong associations with the Portuguese market. The country recently announced it is paying back half of its bailout loan – around €14bn (£10.2bn) – to the IMF early, meaning things […]

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Blackstone hunts for juniors to plug gaps as elite bar talent war rages

Blackstone Chambers is looking to recruit junior tenants this year after losing a number of its mid-level commercial barristers. Blackstone Chambers expects to hire a number of specialist commercial litigators of five-to-10 years call, also in part due to an increase in the volume of commercial litigation on which the set’s senior members have been instructed. The […]

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