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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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Review of the year Camerons on property defensive as Vivian quitsIn a move that shook the market, CMS Cameron McKenna lost highly-rated and longstanding property partner Jon Vivian to SJ Berwin after he tendered his resignation in February. The move was believed to be prompted by a de-emphasis on property, which the firm denied. Vivian […]

Upturned collar

White collar crime is on the up; and with the rise of the internet the trend looks likely to continue. Deborah Talbot looks at the measures being introduced to fight the criminals White collar crime is on the increase. Although exact details on the volume of fraud in the UK are not known, Rosalind Wright, […]

Norton Rose slashes bar spend by millions

Norton Rose has almost halved its volume of bar referrals in the past two years and plans to reduce it “significantly further”. It is also in the throes of being the first firm to bring solicitor-advocacy training in-house.In January 2000, the firm estimated that £7m was spent on its latest financial year, while its predictions […]

Cadwalader completes major Tanzanian projects energy deal

The London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has wrapped up a major projects deal in Tanzania.A team from the projects group, led by partner Paul Biggs, acted for AES Corporation on the $250m (£174.3m) Songo Songo Gas-to-Electricity Project.The Cadwalader team brought the deal to a close less than two days after the World Bank […]

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