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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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LSB appoints Eversheds, Herbies and Hogan Lovells to panel

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has expanded its panel to include six law firms and three chambers. Hogan Lovells and 39 Essex Street have retained their places on the external legal advisers panel. The LSB has added Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Bircham Dyson Bell, Eversheds, Field Fisher Waterhouse and Herbert Smith Freehills from 24 applications […]

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Tugendhat J allows Katie Price privacy case against Peter Andre to proceed

The High Court has refused to throw out misuse of private information claims brought by celebrity Katie Price against her ex-husband Peter Andre, ex-manager Claire Powell, and ex-friend Jamelah Asmar. Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled last month that Price could take her case to full trial despite a strike-out attempt from Admar, who had also claimed […]

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Time for competition law to”get real”, says incoming CAT chairman

Competition law must “get real, get simple, get credible” according to one of the newly elected chairmen of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Former Competition Commission chairman and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton senior consultant Peter Freeman QC said the conundrum for competition lawyers is how to make sense of the complex law and practically apply […]

Goodwin Procter client Wegelin closes down after US tax evasion case

Switzerland’s oldest private bank Wegelin & Co is to close after admitting in a New York court yesterday that it had helped its clients evade taxes. The 271-year-old Swiss bank, appearing in the US District Court in the Southern District of New York before Judge Jed Rakoff, pleaded guilty to tax law violations and to […]

Milton, Chadwick Waters advises on Waste PFI

A cross-practice team of lawyers from across Milton, Chadwick Waters UK offices has advised Shankers Group on closing the £750 million Wakerfield Waste PFI project. A cross-practice team of lawyers from across Milton, Chadwick Waters UK offices has advised Shankers Group on closing the £750 million Wakerfield Waste PFI project. Shankers Group has been awarded […]

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