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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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South-East Asia: flavour of the month

Local ASEAN firms are expanding, while the internationals also want a taste of the action promised by the planned regional economic union As global investors diversify away from its northern neighbour China, the South-East Asia market is the new favourite. Fuelled by increasing foreign investment and a promising single economic community proposed by the Association […]

European supervisory authorities funding proposal ‘not unexpected’, says Eversheds

Andrew Henderson, partner and regulation expert at Eversheds, has commented on news that the European Union’s (EU’s) markets, banking and insurance watchdogs could be funded from a direct levy on the sector. He said: ‘This proposal is not unexpected. Recent EU measures such as MiFID 2 and PRIIPS have enhanced the authorisation and supervision powers […]

Carey Olsen announced as sponsors for Guernsey football clinic

Five Real Madrid coaches are set to visit Guernsey to tutor more than 300 children from around the Channel Islands as part of a summer football clinic sponsored by Carey Olsen. The initiative was first brought to the island by Romanillos & Cook Image Rights and has been made possible by the involvement of the Guernsey Football […]

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