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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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British business has little or no understanding of the radical changes that will affect it if the UK adopts EU-inspired competition laws, says a Cameron McKenna survey of top companies. The survey of 100 leading companies found 57 per cent had taken no action to prepare for impending changes to the competition regime. The legislation […]

Saving arbitration from litigation's costly fate

Richard Freeman says a new fixed-cost arbitration scheme will benefit lawyers. Richard Freeman is a forensic accountant and an arbitrator. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has launched an initiative known as the London Scheme Arbitration. The London Scheme allows arbitrators to tell parties in advance the maximum amount of costs which they will be able […]

Amstrad legal ace goes to Hammonds

Amstrad’s head of legal, Richard Hastings, is to join Hammond Suddards’ London office at the end of October and is taking a $200m lawsuit with him. Hastings is organising Amstrad’s on-going legal action against US computer components company Western Digital Corporation and is likely to be kept busy until the middle of next year. Amstrad […]

In brief: Trade union legislation not feared by bosses

British bosses do not regard the Government’s proposed legislation on trade union recognition as a threat, an Osborne Clarke-commissioned MORI survey has found. Seventy per cent of 140 directors and senior managers in facilities management, financial services and transport businesses rated highly their unions’ ability to see management’s point of view.

UK firms top EU IP league

Bird & Bird, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons all made the top five in a league of the leading firms in cross-border European IP work by Managing Intellectual Property.

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