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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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Beachcroft Wansbroughs has won a new contract for employment work for one of the largest hospital trusts in Central England The firm has been appointed to provide legal advice on all employment issues for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, with the exception of work forming part of the trust’s PFI project.The appointment, which becomes […]

Ashursts restructures P&H for MBO

Ashurst Morris Crisp has advised Palmer Harvey McLane (P&H) on various restructuring proposals, which culminated in a management buyout (MBO) offer with Ashursts acting for the management.P&H is the UK’s largest delivery wholesaler, with a turnover in excess of £3bn. The company started out in tobacco wholesaling, but has diversified across food and alcohol, supplying […]

Pannones hires debt team from Halliwells

Pannone & Partners has boosted its practice with a series of New Year appointments, including Halliwells head of commercial debt recovery Karl Williams, together with three of his team They will join Pannone & Partners at the end of January.Williams takes with him clients such as Hilti (GB), Micro Peripherals and companies within Speedy Hire. […]

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