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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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Linklaters got the nod on a key acquisition by FTSE100 mining client Kazakhmys, Kazakhstan’s biggest copper producer. Corporate partner and head of mining Charlie Jacobs said the magic circle firm got to know the client after working on its 2005 flotation. Norton Rose advised Kazakhmys on its London IPO, while Linklaters advised the underwriters. Although […]

JAC appoints its first High Court judges

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has made its first two High Court judge appointments under the new selection process. •The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has made its first two High Court judge appointments under the new selection process. Judge Alastair Norris QC, formerly of Southernhay Chambers, and Judge David George Maddison, previously of Cobden House […]

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