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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…

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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Move of the week Speechly Bircham has hired SJ Berwin consultant Victoria Younghusband. She joined as a partner in the firm’s financial services and funds team on 1 August. Younghusband had been a partner in SJ Berwin’s investment funds group since she joined the firm from Lawrence Graham in July 2007, before taking up a […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda legal advice to Third Point Reinsurance Ltd on its initial public offering (IPO) of $275,666,075 on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2013. The company sold nearly 22.1 million shares at $12.50 per share. The book-running managers for the offering were JP Morgan Securities LLC, Credit Suisse […]

Co-op, crystal balls and a cracking video

Co-op Legal Services (CLS) might have succeeded in being the first non-lawyer outfit to be granted an ABS licence but that doesn’t make its latest financial results any prettier. As its most recent financial results reveal, CLS has generated losses of £3.4m for the first half of 2013. The Co-operative Group subsidiary puts this down […]

Leading Warwickshire law firm enhances 200-user workflow process with an “enterprise” installation by SpeechWrite

Renowned in the Midlands for its full service legal offering, Wright Hassall is the largest and oldest established law firm in Warwickshire, incorporating 230 staff at their Leamington Spa offices. Established in 1846, the firm acts for a diverse range of regional and national clients and constantly strives to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness […]

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