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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 […]

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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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Sweeping legislative change is providing the bulk of the work for lawyers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia It has been a quiet year or so in the Czech and Slovak legal markets. Nobody has moved in, nobody has moved out and lateral hires have been few and far between. But that does not mean […]

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Jones Day’s Beijing office could be halved in size in the coming months, as the firm mulls over the relocation of several partners and associates to other China offices. The Lawyer understands that staff in Jones Day’s Beijing office were called into a meeting last Friday (24 May) to be informed about the firm’s decision […]

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Surge in online instructions drives JMW profit growth

Manchester firm JMW has posted its year-end results for 2012/13, revealing a 13 per cent increase in revenue thanks to a significant boost in online instructions. According to the firm’s senior partner Joy Kingsley, 549 cases billing £710,000 came from the web last year, with £632,000 added to work in progress. This marks a 97 […]

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