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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 […]

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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…

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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 Court of Appeal has now reversed the decision in Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc, concluding that payment of the adjudication decision constitutes a new cause of action and restarts the limitation clock for the paying party. Aspect was the losing responding party in an adjudication in 2009 under the Scheme for […]

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New relationships can often be tricky. You think you’ve met the one but then your friends and family start confessing that they’re not so sure. So it is for Dundas & Wilson, which has lost another six partners since the start of the year following the exit of former chairman David Hardie ahead of its […]

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