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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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Discrimination: is the next big thing ‘lookism’?

By Kevin McCavish Not for the first time the fashion industry is under fire for its recruitment policies. Could requiring staff to have a certain ‘look’ be the next form of discrimination? It was reported last week that US clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is being investigated by the French human rights watchdog over claims […]

Scope of warranties in a share purchase agreement

Belfairs agreed to buy a majority stake in Waveform Solutions Limited (the target) from Sutherland. Belfairs also agreed to provide an additional £600,000 interest-free loan to the target. Sutherland was to lend the target £1m — it was agreed that this would be taken from the sale proceeds. The share purchase agreement (SPA) contained a warranty […]

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DWF axes 38 roles in second redundancy round this year

DWF has scrapped a total of 38 roles across the firm following redundancy consultations in May.  The firm announced two rounds of cuts in May putting roles at risk in Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Teesside.  In Edinburgh, which was the first to launch a redundancy consultation (14 May 2013) associate positions in the banking […]

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