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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 […]

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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…

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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In his boxing heyday, Giacobbe ‘Jake’ LaMotta was a man of few words – and it’s an odds-on bet that ‘laches’ wasn’t one of them. The ‘Bronx Bull’ – who famously fluctuated between the middle and light heavyweight categories – was portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film as a chap who […]

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QBE makes first group GC change in two decades

Insurance group QBE has turned to Australian supermarket chain Woolworths for its new group general counsel, hiring Peter Horton to succeed incumbent Duncan Ramsay who is leaving the organisation after 21 years.  Horton will join the insurance group’s Sydney headquarters on 9 June after a nine-year tenure as Woolworths GC and company secretary. He will also take […]

DLA Piper publishes seventh quarterly report to Penn State from senator George Mitchell

DLA Piper and senator George J Mitchell have announced that the senator has delivered his seventh quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) among the Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletics Association, and the Big Ten Conference.  The seventh report describes Penn State’s effort during the most recent […]

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Spaghetti House, London

Brecher partner Nicky Richmond goes back in time with a visit to Spaghetti House and find you get what you pay for It must have been 20 years since I’d been to a Spaghetti House. The one on Duke Street was my regular hangout, in the days when I was a lowly articled clerk. Pre-fax, […]

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