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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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Commercial and regional bar miss out in silks list 2000

The commercial bar and the regions have been dealt the poorest hand by this year’s silks list. Most noticeably, magic circle sets One Essex Court and Fountain Court failed to secure a single new QC between them, although they are both understood to have made several applications. However, this can simply be seen as redressing […]

Denton Wilde Sapte follows Cameron McKenna to Africa

Denton Wilde Sapte has made its first foray into East Africa by setting up an association with leading Tanzania firm Mkono & Company. The deal has been brokered by trade finance partner and East Africa expert Charles Morrison and head of trade finance Geoffrey Wynne. Mkono & Company consists of nine lawyers and two consultants. […]

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Pratchard: I’m rather optimistic today, Tom. We’re on a winning streak after helping that nice Mr Irving win his libel case against that ghastly American woman. Henderson: Irving didn’t win, Jack. Pratchard: Of course he did. He’s even writing a book, What Really Happened At My Libel Trial But Wasn’t Reported By The Zionist Press. […]

White & Case hires World Bank lawyer

US firm White & Case is taking on the former deputy general counsel of the World Bank as a member of its Middle East practice group. Daoud Khairallah is joining as of counsel in the firm’s Washington DC office – advising clients that include financial institutions, governments and companies. Khairallah says: “When I left the […]

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