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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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Slaughter and May has elected only four new partners in the latest promotions round, of which three are women, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 April).

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Herbies launches hedge fund ‘healthcheck’

Herbert Smith has set up a team that will spend time in-house with hedge fund clients to ensure they do not commit market abuse. The so-called healthcheck, which is being offered for a fixed-fee that is calculated on a case by case basis, is designed to tackle abuses such as insider trading and ‘trash and […]

BLP rejig strengthens dispute resolution arm

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has launched an initiative to centralise its contentious business procedures in a bid to strengthen the disputes resolution column of its five-pillar strategy.

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