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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 […]

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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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LAWYERS have less than two weeks to register clients for the US silicone breast implant settlement, according to personal injury specialists. Lawyer Paul Balen told delegates at a conference of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers that there had been “a fundamental misunderstanding” of the settlement and it was now down to lawyers to ensure […]

Top in-house salaries rocket

TOP in-house lawyers have seen pay-packets rocket by nearly 10 per cent this year, according to a salary survey to be published next week. But the average increase for legal advisers and assistants working in commerce and industry is a modest 3.8 per cent. Figures to be released soon by legal employment consultancy Chambers reveal […]

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