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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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Community patent gets waylaid

The EU Council of Ministers for Competitiveness has failed to agree legal proposals for setting up a so-called ‘community patent’‚ which would give inventors the option of obtaining a single patent that is valid throughout the EU. Germany and Portugal succeeded in blocking the initiative to the annoyance of internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein. Germany […]

Watson Burton wins one from Ward Hadaway

Watson Burton has bolstered its commercial property department with the hire of property lawyer Richard Freeman-Wallace of Ward Hadaway. Freeman-Wallace specialises in secured lending and property investment. He has acted for Northern Rock, Barclays, Bank of Scotland and Newcastle Building Society. His move is the latest in a series of senior hires.

Air control

Stephen Dolan looks at how much power the recent ECJ ruling on ‘open skies’ will give to the European Commission The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on the landmark ‘open skies’ cases on 5 November. Brought by the European Commission against member states, the cases challenged member state authority to enter into […]

Lord Hunt keeps hold of Beachcroft’s top job

Lord Hunt of the Wirral is re-elected as senior partner Beachcroft Wansbroughs has re-elected Lord Hunt of the Wirral as senior partner for a further three-year term. Lord Hunt’s next term of office in the role will run from 1 May 2003 to 30 April 2006. He has been the firm’s senior partner since 1996.

Raising finance

Julia Salt and Ben Conway give the lowdown on methods of commercial aviation funding Aviation finance is the generic term used for activities relating to the business of providing funding for participants in the commercial aviation arena. This funding can be supplied through a variety of structures, all with the aim of providing financing solutions […]

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