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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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Leeds firm revamps litigation software

Helen Sage reports Five-partner Leeds firm, Nelson & Co is developing the debt recovery work in its commercial litigation department with help from specialist legal software created by Linetime. The software, Debtime, is a County and High Court debt recovery package which helps the firm provide a more efficient service. Head of Nelsons’ commercial litigation […]

Sullivan & Cromwell opens Frankfurt 'finance' office

NEW YORK firm Sullivan & Cromwell has opened its first German office in the finance capital of Frankfurt. Launched on the back of a sizeable contract as US counsel to the global co-ordinators and international underwriters for the privatisation of Deutsche Telecom, the Frankfurt office is permanently staffed by two lawyers, including office head and […]

In brief: Line-up for international banking event

Clifford Chance partner Michael Bray, William Blair QC, and New York-based Shearman & Sterling partner Ronald DeKoven are among the speakers listed for this year’s International Banking Law Conference to be held at London’s Claridges in October. Issues to be discussed include insolvencies in Eastern Europe, State aid and the international banking community, and rights […]

Hoover fails to stem tide of flight compensation claims

HOOVER has failed in its latest attempt to fight a multi-million pound compensation claim from customers who say they were “duped” by the company in its free flights promotion. The appeal by Hoover to the St Helens County Court was dismissed by Judge Peter Urquhart who found in favour of claimants. Urquhart supported a decision […]

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