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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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Message in a bottle

The new economy seems to have passed Tulkinghorn by. Just as he and Mrs Tulkinghorn were learning to send electronic messages, he is now told that, as a profit-making venture, this new technology has had its day. It therefore comes as no surprise, Tulkinghorn supposes, that e-commerce firm McNeive has supplemented its business of offering […]

Law of the locale

Local government law and practice has been the subject of much litigation over the last few months. Padraig O'Briain examines some of the more important cases that have come up

Oppenhoff speeds into Linklaters' UK lockstep

German partners finally achieve parity with London as Oppenhoff posts better than expected figures Linklaters has thrashed out a new remuneration package with Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler, bringing forward the entry of the German partners into the UK lockstep.The new deal was struck in the run-up to last week’s partnership retreat. It replaces the old […]

UTC plumps for Edwin Coe as external counsel

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has chosen a small Lincoln’s Inn firm as its preferred counsel for the UK. Edwin Coe, the 21-lawyer firm instructed by UTC, said that the appointment was made in the face of stiff opposition from a “group of magic circle firms”.Edwin Coe has worked on an ad-hoc basis for UTC for […]

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