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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 […]

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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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Law Society president Fiona Woolf this morning (13 October) told the profession that solicitors need to perform for clients in order for their contributions to society to be recognised. Speaking at the annual Law Society conference, Woolf said: “As a profession, regulated to operate in the public interest, our vast contributions to the economy and […]

College of Law shines a light on state schools

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MBRM fills Chinese void with Hong Kong launch

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) is soon to open a Hong Kong office in order to provide a China legal offering that it has conspicuously lacked up until now, The Lawyer can reveal. Likely to open by January, it will be a fully fledged MBRM office rather than a consulting office, such as the […]

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Much has been written over the past few years about the booming Irish legal market, but the significant upturn in fortunes is not restricted to the south. House prices, a reliable barometer of a country’s fortunes, are going through the roof in the North. In the year to September 2006 prices rocketed by 33.4 per […]

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