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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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What companies need to know about the Obama administration’s cybersecurity order

By Sydney M White, Jim Halpert, Steven R Phillips and Vinny Sanchez  After proponents of cybersecurity legislation were unable to reach consensus on a bill during the 112th Congress, president Barack Obama, on 12 February, issued a cybersecurity executive order (EO) to enhance the security and resilience of the country’s critical infrastructure (CI). This alert provides a preliminary […]

Allen & Overy elects new partner to Tokyo corporate M&A practice

Allen & Overy has announced the election of Nick Wall as a partner in its Tokyo corporate and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice. Wall joins Allen & Overy from Freshfields, where he has spent the past 11 years primarily advising on inbound and outbound M&A transactions for international and Japanese clients. Wall has also spent […]

Government promotes industrial and provident societies

Since the current UK government was formed in 2010, it has been keen to promote industrial and provident societies (IPSs) and mutuals as part of the diversity of the UK economy. In July 2013, it published a consultation on reforming the law governing IPSs and in December it published its responses, which included introducing the […]

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Fountain Court adds South Square barrister

Insolvency set South Square has lost a senior junior barrister to Fountain Court Chambers. Commercial litigation barrister Ben Valentin is to join the set next month (3 March 2014). He arrives at chambers with a list of magic circle clients, having represented a string of high-profile financial institutions including the Bank of England, Bank of […]

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