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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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In brief: No 6 Chambers

No 6 Chambers in Leeds has poached two senior tenants from local rival Chancery House Chambers. James Allen QC, former head of chambers, and Melanie Williamson joined the set on 13 September. Allen was the first chancery and commercial specialist to take silk on the north eastern circuit.

In brief: Linklaters Dutch alliance

Linklaters Dutch alliance firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has lost a Hague-based team of civil law notaries to rival Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn. Remaining notaries will move to De Brauw’s Rotterdam office as part of a Europe-wide rationalisation.

Quote of the week

“I will personally give a bottle of champagne to anyone who can tell me how a driver can proceed with his feet up in the cab and still be in control of the train. It is a ridiculous suggestion.” – Anthony Scrivener QC, who is representing driver Larry Harrison (who denies driving with his feet […]

Financing

Pinsent Curtis advised Yorkshire-based Filtronic on a one-for-six rights issue to raise £71m to fund product development. Andrew Kerr

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