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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Salans offers staff four-day week

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Central & Eastern Europe: Mountain rescue

Austria’s government is now spending e100bn on saving the country’s failing banks. Tom Phillips investigates After rebuilding eight former Communist nations that joined the EU in 2004, the banks of Austria are now fighting to stay afloat. How one of the world’s most secure banking communities found itself with loans of around e201bn (£185.87bn) – […]

Pair of CC property partners move to Abu Dhabi

Clifford Chance has boosted its Middle East offering by relocating London real estate partners Andrew Rolfe and Catherine Cook to Abu Dhabi. Clifford Chance has boosted its Middle East offering by relocating London real estate partners Andrew Rolfe and Catherine Cook to Abu Dhabi. The firm opened its Abu Dhabi branch in September 2008 with […]

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