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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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Dickson Minto is understood to be advising long term client BC Partners on the flotation of estate agency Foxtons, which is expected to raise as much as £400m. In June, the London-based private equity house hired Credit Suisse, Numis Securities and Canaccord Genuit to run a listing after the summer. The filing, which was initially […]

Pinsents’ Belfast struggle

When a big merger happens, questions are raised about whether the enlarged firm is really going to stay committed to all of its offices. In the case of Pinsent Masons and Belfast, that talk started as soon as the merger between Pinsents and McGrigors was announced in February 2012. The chatter has only got louder […]

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It’s A Level results week, and around the country thousands of students (and their parents) are thinking hard about the future. But with student numbers on undergraduate law courses up by 11 per cent and career opportunities in the profession contracting, is studying law really a safe option? First year law student numbers rise by […]

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