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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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Cowen ditches retirement for Read Hind Stewart post

Addleshaw Booth & Co’s former senior partner has come out of retirement to join Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart. Maurice Cowen retired from Addleshaw Booth & Co two years ago. Following his departure, he spent a year working in business before retiring completely to the US. Cowen was regarded as one of the leading players […]

A VIEW from germany

The ministerial draft of the Securities Purchase and Takeover Act, published earlier this month by the Federal Ministry of Finance, can be assessed positively. Many of the original provisions were disputed and discussed in both professional and political circles. On the back of this, the ministerial draft includes some considerable changes. One of them is […]

Real Estate

After battling with the after-effects of the Martinez and the Cat Corner and the Cat Corner night club, it is time for more than 15,000 property professionals to assess their Mipim strategy. Boardrooms will reverberate with that all-important word – marketing. But between you and me, what they’re really talking about is selling. This year […]

Opinion

Paul Gilbert makes some good points in his article “Resolve to Evolve” (The Lawyer, 26 February), describing an industry whose structure and practices increasingly do not reflect its clients’ demands. Gilbert focuses his attack narrowly on the industry’s charging practices. He contends that the abolition of hourly rates, and with them a charging system based […]

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