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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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A prolonged period of tough trading conditions has forced a rebalancing in the top end of the legal market, while mid-sized players are growing Pay freezes, staff cuts and partner exits are the words that best describe the top end of last year’s Australian legal services market. Against the backdrop of a weak business confidence […]

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Taylor Wessing marches into US with double office launch

Taylor Wessing has continued its international expansion with the launch of US offices in Palo Alto and New York. The firm will relocate four corporate technology partners from the firm’s European offices this September in a bid to better connect its base of US clients to its offices overseas. London-based corporate technology partner Mark Barron […]

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Liberalisation kicks off in Kenya

 Kenya could be the next big target for international firms wanting to grow in Africa. A common complaint of law firms wishing to grow their international presence is that local regulations prevent them from doing so. Equally, a common refrain from some independent firms in developing markets is that a cohort of their peers are […]

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In-house interview: Yoo group GC, Geraldine Mirabile

When creative maestro Philippe Starck’s interior design vehicle Yoo invited Geraldine Mirabile to be group GC, she wondered whether she would be cool enough. No problem, as it turned out When the headhunters come calling to tell you that two of the highest profile – and possibly coolest – men in their field want you […]

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