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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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Salans formalises Polish best friend relationship

Salans has boosted its reach into the Polish legal market with the signing of a relationship agreement with Krupa Srokosz Patryas in southern Poland. The relationship gives Salans support in the industrial zones of Silesia and Malopolska, which are important centres for the production of cars and electronic goods. Salans chairman Stephen Finch said: “The […]

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Human rights joint committee seeks truth behind Iraq ‘torture’

A parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into allegations of torture by British troops in Iraq and allegations that British forces were told that human rights law did not apply there. The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) combines members of parliament and lords from all three mainstream political parties. Its inquiry follows the investigation […]

Fishburns appoints new partner

Ian Welland has become a partner at Fishburns Solicitors after moving from Robin Simon earlier this month. •Ian Welland has become a partner at Fishburns Solicitors after moving from Robin Simon earlier this month. Welland was a founding partner of Robin Simon when the firm was set up in May 2003. He is a part-qualified […]

Foot Anstey aims high with Serpell merger

South West firm Foot Anstey Solicitors has merged with Plymouth’s Serpell Eaton Solicitors. Ten-lawyer Serpell specialises in commercial property, private client and charity law. Two Serpell partners, Caroline Mitchell and Nigel Coveney, will join Foot Anstey as partners, taking the firm’s partnership count to 30. Founding partner Greg Serpell will join Foot Anstey as a […]

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