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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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It hasn’t exactly been a bumper year for the commercial bar. Worrying statistics released recently by the Lord Chancellor’s Department show that for 1999 the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD) suffered a 37 per cent drop in writs and summonses issued since 1998, and many predict that it will be a similar story for 2000. It […]

New world, new challenge

Clifford Chance’s rising star Rae Lindsay thrives on a challenge, and her task of heading the firm’s new international unit is certainly that. Vanessa Pawsey reports Clifford Chance‘s public international law partner, Rae Lindsay, is an advert for her job. Breezing into the room she looks more alert and on the ball than your average […]

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Clifford Chance’s public international law partner, Rae Lindsay, is an advert for her job. Breezing into the room she looks more alert and on the ball than your average Joe, especially considering the fact that she spends most of her time travelling to the far corners of the globe. “I am very lucky,” she enthuses. […]

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