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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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Mayor Boris reshapes London’s legal landscape

Those of us old enough to remember ‘Red Ken’ Livingstone from the 1980s have been surprised at the longevity of his reincarnation as London’s mayor – but now he is gone, swept away by a tidal wave of anti-Labour sentiment. Boris Johnson is the new captain at London’s helm and for the first time in […]

F&C harasses tribunals

McDermott Will & Emery employment partner David Dalgarno has pitched himself squarely against the Employment Tribunal. Dissatisfied with its decision to uphold Gillian Switalski’s £13.4m sexual harassment claim against his client, F&C Asset Management, Dalgarno took the case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal to have the judgment quashed. But F&C lost. Despite losing in two […]

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