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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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Trowers promotions rise by 75 per cent

Trowers & Hamlins has increased the number of people promoted to its partnership by 75 per cent, making up seven new partners in this year’s round compared to four in 2008. Four of the new partners are based in London, with one each in Manchester, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. The social housing group saw three […]

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BVC students favour self-employment over partnerships

More than 70 per cent of students considering a career at the bar have said they would prefer to be self-employed, according to a new survey. The survey was conducted by the Young Barristers’ Committee last month (February) in response to the Legal Services Act (LSA), which could see barristers lose their self-employed status in […]

Wolf Theiss names new Kiev head as incumbent relocates to Vienna

Wolf Theiss has appointed Taras Dumych to replace Gennady Khareyn as managing partner of its Kiev office. Dumych has been a partner at Wolf Theiss since June 2010. Before that he was a partner at Kiev firm BC Toms & Co. His main practice areas include agriculture, energy, corporate and real estate. Khareyn, who has […]

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