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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 […]

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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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The rehabilitation of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) is under way. But the court seems incapable of grabbing the headlines without a dollop of controversy. Mr Justice Jackson lays down his judgment today (5 June) in the Wembley-Multiplex litigation, one of the highest-profile cases of the year. As we report on page 1, he […]

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Lovells has introduced a pro bono trainee seat at the international charity Save the Children. The move follows a firm-wide poll to choose the firm’s charity, in which 1,300 staff voted online. Employees were asked to prioritise one of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and decided to focus on the elimination of child poverty. Save […]

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If you look hard enough, mild comedy can be found anywhere. Tulkinghorn is not above finding a giggle in the email addresses of law firms, with Bird & Bird‘s ‘Twobirds’ a constant source of amusement over the years (and one that received a new lease of life when the firm’s building was invaded by a […]

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