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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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Fending off legal attacks on The Sun newspaper is no easy task. But to News International lawyer Daniel Taylor, it’s a case of fight the good fight Covering the wall of Daniel Taylor’s office is a collection of metaphorical scalps. Among the News International company solicitor’s valedictory gallery are front pages from The Sun – […]

Milbank to lead creditors in Pacific Gas bankruptcy case

New York firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has scooped work advising a creditors’ committee on one of the US’s most complicated bankruptcies – that of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company.`The firm saw off competition from rivals understood to have included Sidley & Austin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Paul Hastings Janofsky & […]

A very very nice man

Last week, Tulkinghorn reported on the delightfully handcrafted piece of sentimental rubbish that Stephenson Harwood insolvency litigation partner Paul Gordon-Saker picked up for £505 at an auction.`It happened that this figurine of a little girl sitting on a bench formerly belonged to disgraced politician Jonathan Aitken and Gordon-Saker happened to have acted for his creditors.`After […]

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