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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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Inadequate facilities are driving Commercial Court cases to France

A senior High Court judge has said that parties are increasingly likely to take their disputes to French courts rather than the Commercial Court because of its poor facilities. Speaking at the Commercial Litigators’ Forum, hosted by Herbert Smith, Mr Justice Colman said that Paris’ Tribune de Commerce may become a more attractive option for […]

Canary Wharf sticks by CC as Telegraph challenges contract

Canary Wharf group legal counsel Michael Ashley Brown is standing by Clifford Chance over the drafting of the Telegraph Group lease that is the subject of a High Court claim. The FTSE 250 property company has issued a claim against its tenant the Telegraph Group over a rent review due to have started in April […]

Uría doubles up on ING-Sonae venture

Spanish firm Uría & Menéndez, best friend to Slaughter and May, has taken the highly unusual move of acting for both buyer and seller in the e204m (£145.2m) sale of a 50 per cent stake in Portuguese shopping centre Vasco da Gama. The firm advised the seller, Sonae Imobiliária, a subsidiary of Portuguese property developer […]

Lawrence Graham construction head quits for Kennedys

Lawrence Graham head of construction Alan Hart has moved to Kennedys. Hart said he left Lawrence Graham to look for new challenges. “I joined Lawrence Graham to set up a new construction department, which I did with some success. Having achieved this, I needed a fresh challenge,” he said. Kennedys has also made construction lawyer […]

Freedom drain

You’d think the HRA was there to promote freedom of expression and you’d be right – so long as you’re a politician and not an artist or in business, that is. Sam Grodzinski reports Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great dissenter of the early 20th century US Supreme Court, once famously said that “the best test […]

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