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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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Employment law: has it really gone too far?

Some women cry rape, knowing the allegation to be untrue, but nobody would suggest abolishing rape laws. Likewise, some employees bring specious claims, knowing them to be untrue. That is not a reason to throw out employment rights for everybody. The newpapers have been packed with stories about rapacious employees abusing the employment tribunal system […]

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Macfarlanes ups focus on flexibility

Macfarlanes has expanded its flexible working policy as it continues a push to encourage more female lawyers into the upper echelons of the firm. Partner with responsibility for diversity Nicola Richards – featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011 ­supplement – said ­encouraging women to go for partnership was one of her objectives when she took on the job […]

Reed Smith promotes four London lawyers in 25-strong global round

Reed Smith has promoted 25 lawyers to its partnership as part of its annual round of promotions, including four based in London. The four new City partners are Marcus Dodds and William Howard in shipping, Panos Katsambas in the financial industry group, and Rosanne Kay in the European and Middle East commercial disputes team. A […]

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