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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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Legal Harmony: Sidley Austin

We’ve had some form of choir at Sidley Austin LLP for as long as anyone in the office can remember, although its outings have been strictly limited to the annual Christmas carolling until now. It’s also been a few years since we’ve had a choir made up only of people from Sidley, as we have […]

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BLM boss: insurance is transforming and this firm is going global

BLM’s senior partner Mike Brown is intent on leading his insurance-focused firm into the big league. Insurance-focused Berrymans Lace Mawer has been flying quietly and steadily under the radar for years. But its merger with Scotland’s HBM Sayers last week (1 May 2014) and subsequent rebrand to BLM is part of a quiet, but nonetheless […]

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