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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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Last derivatives partner abandons B & M

Highly rated derivatives and structured finance partner Schuyler Henderson is leaving Baker & McKenzie after 10 years to join Norton Rose early in the new year. Just under a month ago David Green, a banking and finance partner at Baker & McKenzie also left the firm to join Goldman Sachs International as senior derivatives counsel. […]

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James Peter Woods (by his mother & next friend Denise Woods) v Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust (1999) QBD (Buckley J) 21 October 1999 Claimant: Male, newborn at date of accident; 4 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant’s mother attended the defendant’s hospital for the birth of her son. During labour it was […]

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Bevan Ashford beats City to English Heritage IP contract

Leading south-west firm Bevan Ashford has been selected as sole adviser to English Heritage on intellectual property issues, winning the work against competition from City firms. A spokeswoman for English Heritage’s legal department refuses to name the other firms involved in the tendering process, but says that a number of leading regional and City firms […]

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