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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 […]

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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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Arnold & Porter, Linklaters and Kenyan firms Anjarwalla & Khanna and Kaplan & Stratton have taken the lead roles on Kenya’s $2bn (£1.2bn) Eurobond, the largest debut sovereign bond issuance from Africa. Arnold & Porter worked alongside Anjarwalla for the Kenyan government on the bond issuance, while Linklaters and Kaplan & Stratton provided advice to joint […]

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Move of the week Water industry watchdog Ofwat has appointed former Ofgem legal director Elizabeth Hillman as its first general counsel. She worked for seven years at energy regulator Ofgem as legal director. She moved to Ofgem from energy giant EDF, where she was head of the B2B and upstream legal team.       […]

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