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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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Polish parliament softens its line on restricting foreign practices

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Labour puts legal issues high on conference agenda

LEGAL issues play a leading role at this week’s Labour Party conference in Brighton. The event will culminate with a debate on Labour’s Access to Justice policy paper and its planned radical reforms of the legal profession. On Sunday the Society of Labour Lawyers meets, with guest speakers Paul Boateng MP, Labour legal spokesman, and […]

Eurotunnel contract dispute edges closer to arbitration

Trans Manche Link (TML), the 10-company consortium which received a Eurotunnel contract claim of FF8 billion (£1 billion), has yet to appoint lawyers to defend it or make a formal response to Eurotunnel. However, a TML source said the construction companies would be consulting their own lawyers prior to meeting to thrash out a joint […]

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