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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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Walker Morris has teamed up with thebusinessdesk.com and Sheffield Hallam University to publish the Yorkshire Tourism supplement. Richard Naish, partner and head of the food and drink team at Walker Morris, said that the legacy of the Grand Départ is reflected across a wide range of businesses including leisure and food and drink. ‘The cyclists who took part in […]

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Today saw Bernie Ecclestone under fire yet again. The Formula 1 boss has been reported to have come to a settlement agreement with the German courts to drop the bribery case for which he was due to stand trial. The agreement? A whopping cash donation of $100m (£60m) awarded to the Munich court. The story, […]

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