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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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Conyers opens eighth office with Dubai launch

Conyers Dill & Pearman has confirmed that it will open its Dubai office in July following its successful application for a licence from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). As first reported by The Lawyer (24 April) the firm registered at office at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). The firm’s Middle East operation will […]

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Wives win landmark divorce rulings

Withers and family law boutique Family Law in Partnership (FLIP) have won a landmark House of Lords judgment this morning (24 May) on behalf of two women claiming money from their husbands after divorce. The Lords ruled that Melissa Miller is entitled to £5m from her ex-husband, while Julia McFarlane will have an annual payment […]

Building plans

High oil prices and a focus on diversifying is vying with capacity and cost issues in the Middle East’s construction industry to create what promises to be an interesting year ahead for the region. Jeffery Barrett reports For those who thought 2005 was a busy year for project activity in the Middle East, 2006 is […]

Senior lawyers blast PM’s human rights outburst

Lawyers have launched a torrent of criticism at the Prime Minister after he suggested that the Human Rights Act (HRA) could be amended to overrule court decisions. Tony Blair made the comment in a letter to the new Home Secretary John Reid last week (15 May). “We will need to look again at whether primary legislation is needed […]

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