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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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Linklaters celebrates the hire of Bellamy from the CAT

Linklaters celebrates the hire of Bellamy from the CAT” />There was only one thing that occupied the minds of competition lawyers last week and that was the news that Sir Christopher Bellamy was stepping down from the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to join Linklaters as a senior consultant. The announcement could not have been timed […]

Freshfields closes in Singapore

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to pull the plug on its two-partner Singapore office. The move will result in the relocation of the partners Bruce Cooper and Yeelong Tan to the magic circle firm’s Hong Kong office. The rest of the legal staff in the office have been offered positions with the firm in Hong Kong. […]

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Seasoned readers of Tulkinghorn’s esteemed column may have formed the opinion that the great man has a weakness for tales involving cute babies. This is because he does. So it was good to hear from Jenny Gibbons, a lecturer at BPP Law School in Leeds, who gave birth to her second son the week before […]

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Unison forces court case over Govt pension plan

Public sector union Unison went head-to-head with the Government last week in a judicial review hearing over local government pensions. Unison in-house solicitor Helen Phillips instructed 11 King’s Bench Walk’s James Goudie QC to fight the judicial review on the union’s behalf. Supported by eight other unions, including Amicus and the GMB, Unison argued in […]

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