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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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Newts and small firms helped in Hanson deal

BUSINESS conglomerate Hanson is favouring smaller and local law firms in its high-profile £500 million new town project, which is expected to generate millions of pounds in fees for professional advisers. And Norton Rose, advising on environmental issues surrounding the now equally high-profile colony of great crested newts resident on Hanson’s development site, is the […]

End to the days of double-think

Nicholas Dobson reports The sleeping spell over local authority trading once cast by the Audit Commission has now been dispelled by an unlikely prince. The Department of the Environment (DoE), which oversees local authorities, has given a cautious green light in the debate over municipal trading and the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970. […]

In brief: Wragge & Co sorts out Honda contracts

Honda Dealer Association has appointed Wragge & Co to advise on the new standard form contract for its 200 motor dealers. The new agreement is needed to comply with recent changes in EU legislation on the motor industry. Guy Lougher, a competition law specialist, said: “This most recent appointment by Honda Dealers is a further […]

Time to face up to the Big Six threat

The renewed interest of the Big Six accountancy firms in entering the legal marketplace should come as no surprise to anyone. Arthur Andersen’s foray into the field some years back through Garrett & Co heralded the first such move. Law firms at the time were slightly alarmed but sceptical that Garrett & Co would make […]

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