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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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Denton Wilde Sapte has scooped its third major insolvency case this year. The firm has been appointed by accountants Kroll Buchler Phillips to work on the collapse of AIM-listed company SignCorp, which has got bank debts of between £8-10m. The amount owed to trade creditors has yet to be established. Lloyd’s of London has appointed […]

Field Fisher forms e-business link-up

Field Fisher Waterhouse is launching a European e-commerce association aimed at establishing itself as a lead player for advice in the new economy. The firm is set to bolster its 14-strong e-commerce team with the launch of the 15-firm European network, to be known as Ecomlex. The firm is tight-lipped on the full list of […]

Masons forges Asian alliance

The two lawyers who run Masons’ current Singapore operation will move into the offices of CLL’s 30-lawyer practice. The firms will carry out joint marketing and branding, but Masons’ first exclusive alliance will not involve profit-sharing since this is barred under local bar rules. It will also not benefit from the relaxation in the rules […]

It’s been a bad week for…

DTI plans for new mobile phone services after BT announced that it was considering legal action to delay the Government’s plans to action new licences. The telecoms giant is upset that two of its rivals – Vodafone AirTouch and Orange – have qualified to bid for the licences even though Orange is now owned by […]

Denton Wilde’s French target split over tie-up

Denton Wilde Sapte’s plan to create a European super-firm is in doubt because its French target has entered arbitration talks to resolve an internal dispute over the proposed merger. Sales Vincent & Associes, part of the Denton International Network since 1995, is “split down the middle” over whether to proceed. It is thought six of […]

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