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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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There is still a place for traditional professional values

Money, money, money, it’s a rich man’s world. Swedes are back in fashion, it seems, with Mr Erikkson being the toast up and down the land. But money just never seems to go out of fashion, or out of the headlines, when it comes to the legal profession.The recent survey by The Lawyer (13 August) […]

Liberty sets up human rights pro bono unit

Pressure group Liberty is launching a human rights litigation unit involving a panel of 150 barristers, including Cherie Booth QC, who have offered their services for free.

A financial clout

Solicitors’ ‘mainstream’ services will soon come under the remit of the FSA. Nevin Weakly looks at the advice that many can no longer give and the costs involved to become authorised On 1 December 2001, a date known as N2, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) will be confirmed as the regulator for all mainstream advice. […]

Hunton & Williams in Philippines scoop

US firm Hunton & Williams has won work in the Philip-pines advising the authorities on the privatisation of state-owned electricity company National Power Corporation (Napocor). The firm is acting on the sale of Napocor’s transmission networks and generating plants.Hong Kong managing partner Edward Koehler said: “We were fortunate to win the mandate through a competitive […]

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