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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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MoFo faces negligence claim from energy client

Morrison & Foerster is in the High Court this week defending a professional negligence claim brought by energy investment company Petrocapital Resources over a share transaction. The case centres on the alleged failure by Morrison & Foerster partner Edward Lukins to properly advise Petrocapital on matters concerning the acquisition of 95.7 per cent of its […]

Employment challenges in the era of sequestration

Job losses. Furloughs. Salary reductions. These are some of the tough employment issues facing contractors around the nation as sequestration and federal budget cuts have taken effect in 2013. The squeeze on contract spending has taken a substantial toll on government contractors, who have seen contracts and orders delayed, descoped, deferred and terminated. When faced […]

DLA Piper supports Vinnies CEO Sleepout

DLA Piper’s Brisbane office has supported the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. The CEO Sleepout is an opportunity for business leaders to raise awareness and important funds in support of essential homeless services across the country. DLA Piper’s Brisbane Office managing partner Paul Baxter joined 180 of the city’s CEOs and senior executives at the Courier-Mail […]

Review of European waste management targets

The European Commission has launched a much-anticipated consultation on the future of Europe’s legally binding waste and recycling targets. The comprehensive consultation, which opened on 4 June 2013, is the first phase of the commission’s review of recycling targets. The second phase will consider the impact of the preferred options that emerge from phase one. […]

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