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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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Midlands-based HCB Solicitors incorporated a company called HCB Linder Myers the day after the Manchester-based Linder Myers announced its intention to appoint administrators (7 February). HCB Linder Myers has been listed as a private limited company, registered to a Solihull address, and is listed as active. The move gives an early indication that HCB is […]

Antitrust Matters — February 2014

DLA Piper has published the first edition of its global competition newsletter, Antitrust Matters. Contents European Union Holier-than-thou fiscal exemptions approved by the Council do not escape state aid control EU merger notifications: simplified and streamlined, somewhat Concerted practice or why you should keep on fighting competitors European Commission investigates restrictions of online sales Germany […]

Protect your best assets — trade fairs in Germany: opportunity and threat

An international trade fair is a key opportunity to reach a global audience and to showcase new products and services. But it also presents a significant opportunity for those who choose to ride on the back of your investments and infringe your rights to launch competing products and target the same audience. As such, a […]

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