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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 […]

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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 […]

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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…

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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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Philip Rule of No5 Chambers has succeeded in a judicial review to quash decision of the Parole Board in R (Davies) v Parole Board. The Administrative Court (Mr Justice Collins) has allowed the claim brought on behalf of an indeterminate sentence for public protection prisoner against the decision of the Parole Board declining to recommend his […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman of Cayman acted for Onex Corporation, a leading provider of marine, defence and aerospace survival equipment, through the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Survitec Group (Cayman Islands) Ltd, holding company of the Survitec Group. As well as advising Onex on the corporate and M&A aspects of the acquisition, Conyers […]

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International firms in London, the magic circle and big litigation were the key themes in last week’s top 10 stories on TheLawyer.com. The ongoing saga of former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray and his fight to clear his name after being found to have dishonestly misled the High Court developed further last week, […]

Zurich bank reaches agreement With the US Department of Justice

In the framework of the US programme in which it participated voluntarily a Zurich-based private bank is the third Swiss bank to reach a non-prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice. The bank agreed to pay $5.4m and further co-operate with US authorities. In return, the US will abstain from criminal prosecution. The fine […]

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