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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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Billing probe reveals in-house resentment

An investigation into law firm billing has revealed that in-house counsel are being left in the dark by law firms and are disillusioned with billing methods. An investigation into law firm billing by in-house lobbyist C&I Group and consultants BDO Stoy Hayward has revealed that in-house counsel are being left in the dark by law […]

Moving with the times

The location of a company’s registered office is vital during insolvency proceedings. Georgia Quenby reports on how a German company survived after ‘migrating’ to England The €500m (£347.42m) corporate restructuring of German autoparts manufacturer Schefenacker Group, which completed on 29 June, has been hailed as a triumph for the consensual approach taken by the principal […]

Burness lands urban redevelopment role

Scottish firm Burness has won a new client in the shape of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company (URC). This is the sixth URC the firm has worked with in Scotland. One of the first projects the firm, led by partner Stephen Phillips, will oversee for Irvine Bay is the development of Irvine Harbourside. Burness […]

Lovells forms class action team

Lovells is set to join a raft of UK law firms, such as Addleshaw Goddard and DLA Piper, in launching its own international class action unit. The unit will be headed by the London office’s dispute resolution partner Neil Mirchandani and will draw on the firm’s litigation lawyers across the globe. The core team will […]

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