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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 […]

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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Two former partners of Guernsey firm Carey Olsen have taken the unusual step of launching their own specialist litigation and employment boutique in a bid to avoid the conflicts that plagued them while at the offshore giant. Litigation specialist Alison Ozanne and employment expert Louise Hall left Carey Olsen late last year and have now launched AO […]

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Islamic finance is growing, and with international commercial banks stepping up their interest the trend is set to continue unabated. By Nadim Khan and Mohammed Paracha Once regarded as a marginal industry confined to a small number of countries in the Muslim world, Islamic finance is growing at a phenomenal rate, to a point where […]

DLA Piper pips rivals to World Trade Centre instruction

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has defeated New York’s real estate elite to secure a glamour instruction to advise the Port Authority of New York on the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre site. The firm, led by New York partner Martin Polevoy, secured the instruction last month following a competitive tender process. It is […]

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