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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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Intellectual Property and Technology News (EMEA) — Issue 5, Q1 2014

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Taylor Wessing’s Eyles: We need creativity as lawyers turn into business consultants

 Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Tim Eyles wants lawyers to be more creative. Sounds like a lightbulb has gone off. Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Tim Eyles is one of those lawyers who enjoys peering into a crystal ball occasionally.  Under his leadership his firm has just launched an initiative called “lightbulb” which replaces the […]

Pinsents Aims for gold

It seems that every bunch of deals figures to emerge so far in 2014 shows the market moving determinedly in one direction: up. Just check out last week’s UK public M&A fees feature. Even if average payouts to lawyers in the second half of 2013 were no higher than in the first half, deal volume […]

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