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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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Eversheds and Shoosmiths win conveyancing contract

Arun Estate Agencies, the 10th largest estate agency in the UK, is starting a volume conveyancing scheme in October with Eversheds and Shoosmiths & Harrison. The referral scheme is modelled on Hambro Countrywide’s 24-hour telephone conveyancing operation, which can process thousands of transactions every month. It will operate in about 60 per cent of Arun’s […]

Uria & Menendez looks to build Franco-German link in Brussels

Leading Spanish firm Uria & Menendez is negotiating with the Brussels offices of French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and Austro-German firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber to combine their EU law practices in the city. Rodrigo Uria, senior partner, said initial soundings from Gide and Bruckhaus Westrick were positive although the new arrangement would not involve […]

In brief: Lord Irvine on lookout for sentencing help

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is seeking members for the Sentencing Advisory Panel, which is to be established by the Crime and Disorder Act. The panel will help the Court of Appeal in framing sentencing guidelines. Applications must be submitted by 5 January.

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