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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 instructed by Comet

Eversheds has beaten off competition from at least three law firms to be appointed as the sole adviser on employment for electrical goods retailer Comet Group The firm was invited to pitch despite the employment group having no previous relationship with Comet. Partners Owen Warnock and Peter Norbury led the pitch and have since set […]

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Woolf reforms fall short as litigation remains favourite

Arbitration and ADR prove unpopular; cases speeded up but costs remain high The Woolf reforms have not been as successful as was hoped, with many lawyers believing that there have been no significant reductions in time spent on cases, according to the latest research.Litigation remains by far the most popular means of resolving disputes, and […]

A&O opens German real estate practice

Allen & Overy (A&O) is stepping up its international real estate strategy with the formation of a new German real estate group based in its Frankfurt office The group is targeting real estate work as a standalone function, as well as supporting other areas of the firm, in line with plans introduced when Adam Cleal […]

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