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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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Crime ace switches set

High-profile barrister Richard Lissack QC has moved from the chambers of Anthony Donne QC at 2 King’s Bench Chambers to 35 Essex Street, citing the need for greater back-up as his workload grows. Lissack, the crime and fraud specialist who prosecuted the Maxwell fraud trial, said he wanted to move from a set which specialised […]

Time to get your selling act right

SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of senior pension fund advisers and administrators who responded to a recent survey on property investment think liquidity is important. The study, sponsored by AMP Asset Management and carried out by the City University on behalf of the Investment Property Forum, concludes that property is regarded as illiquid due to its indivisibility, […]

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Linklaters & Paines acted for JP Morgan Securities and SBC Warburg in arranging a $1bn Russian sovereign international bond issue. Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton acted for the Russian Federation.

Families feel law is 'hostile and threatening' says report

Children and their families find the way the law operates hostile and threatening rather than supportive, according to a major report to be published on 23 October. The National Commission of Inquiry into the Prevention of Child Abuse will call for radical changes in the law and the way the profession practises and implements it. […]

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