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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 […]

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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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Drug addicts. Barrister Roger Warren Evans, a member of Mumbles Community Council, has published a pamphlet calling for illegal drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be decriminalised. The leaflet argues that taking some drugs is statistically safer than playing football. It also claims that removing the criminal element from drug dealing would raise huge amounts […]

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Clifford Chance has merged with Luxembourg firm Faltz & Kremer after months of wrangling with the Luxembourg bar. The Lawyer first revealed the planned link-up in August, when talks were said to be at an “advanced stage”. But the merger was delayed until 1 January because of objections from Luxembourg’s restrictive bar association – particularly […]

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The true volatility of life at the bar was dramatically highlighted this week by the unprecedented event of five leading silks moving chambers. The departure of Sir Nicholas Lyell QC from Brick Court Chambers shows that not even the magic circle is secure from rival chambers poaching its leading barristers. Such movement, as well as […]

Martineaus sets up telecoms team

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has set up a telecoms group to target the explosion in the mobile phone industry. Martineaus says that it is only the third firm outside London to launch a telecoms team. The other firms are Wiggin & Co and Eversheds in Leeds. Martineaus’ move coincides with the arrival of Chris Moseley […]

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