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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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Ethical investor Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) has appointed six firms to its inaugural legal panel, with Muckle and Walker Morris among those winning a spot. Other firms to be appointed include Addleshaw Goddard, Bird & Bird, Bevan Brittan and DAC Beachcroft. SDCL was launched in 2007 as a boutique investment firm offering advisory services to […]

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The Waterside Inn, Bray

I’m not sure if you’re allowed to eat here under the age of 50. Other than Oslo Court, it’s the most oldie-friendly place I’ve been to in some time. I’d tried a number of times to get a reservation and it was only by actually turning up in person that I managed to get in […]

Wiggin proves small can be beautiful

There are results, and then there are results. And Wiggin’s 80 per cent jump in net profit falls squarely into the latter category. How has this 23-partner Cheltenham-headquartered media boutique managed this epic return to form, you ask? According to the firm’s chief executive officer John Banister it all boils down to the ability as […]

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Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham kickstart search for new City HQ

Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham, which are set to merge on 1 November 2014, have kicked off their search for a combined City base. The firms have appointed property services firm DTZ to review their needs in London, as they seek to find a home for their new combined firm named Charles Russell Speechlys. DTZ […]

Gateley announces 28 promotions across its English offices

Gateley has announced a total of 28 promotions across its English offices. Seven of Gateley’s Manchester team have been promoted, with tax specialist Richard Clitherow being made legal director.  Additionally, three employees were promoted from associate to senior associate: Simon Maddox from the real-estate team, employment lawyer Avril England and Stuart Evans from the pensions team. Employment […]

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