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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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Revealed: Pannone restructure results in profit rise while turnover stagnates

Manchester firm Pannone has reported a rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) to £239,000, but a slight drop in turnover to £45.6m for the 2012/13 financial year. Pannone’s revenues fell from £46.2m in 2011/12, a drop of 1.3 per cent, while PEP went up by 6.7 per cent from £224,000 (11 July 2012). […]

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Court waiting times on the rise as litigants line up

Plans to attract more litigants to London’s High Court appear to be paying off, according to the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, but the queue for court time is longer than ever before. In his final annual report before standing down from the top judicial post (21 November 2012), Lord Judge LCJ revealed that the […]

Allen & Overy advises IC Hotels UK Pension Trust Ltd on bulk annuity policy purchase

Allen & Overy has advised the trustees of Intercontinental Hotels Group’s pension scheme on its purchase of a £440m bulk annuity policy with Rothesay Life. The bulk annuity policy insures the defined-benefit benefits of the pension scheme. Däna Burstow, pensions partner at Allen & Overy, worked on the deal with support from senior associate Jane […]

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