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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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Caribbeans reject Privy Council jurisdiction

Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad are setting up their own Caribbean Court of Justice to replace the Privy Council, in a move which human rights lawyers say is designed to bolster capital punishment on the islands. The Privy Council is currently the last court of appeal for death row cases. The Lawyer reported in April […]

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Jon Lloyd and Jillian Chung of Lawrence Graham advised North West Estates on its proposed £9m development of the listed Felaw Maltings Building in Ipswich. Barry Moody of Lovell White Durrant advised Jones Lang Wootton Fund Management. Eversheds advised English Partnerships. James Hall of Ipswich firm Birketts advised prospective tenants Ipswich Borough Council, University College […]

Barings settlement remains unsettled

The grand Barings settlement plan, agreed this spring after two years of conciliation by the City Disputes Panel, was delayed last week when a group of investors said they had not made up their minds. Three groups of bondholders were to vote on the deal under which they would receive a proportion of their original […]

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