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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 […]

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…

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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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Wragge Lawrence Graham walked away the winners of the legal profession’s inaugural choir competition Legal Harmony last night as the judges praised the firm’s ‘outstanding’ performance. The competition, conceived and organised by David Smith of Outer Temple Chambers, took place in Southwark Cathedral and has already raised over £7,000 for the firms’ nominated charities.  Competing […]

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The consumer insurance market has seen a fierce tussle for territory. Have the mega-firms won or has the war just begun? Insurers sparked an epic land grab a few years ago when they began reducing their panels and putting the squeeze on fees. Meanwhile, added pressure was piling up on firms from regulatory change and the […]

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