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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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Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar. Almost a quarter of barristers would like to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar, new research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed. The BSB’s first major research project since its formation in […]

Links and CC defy credit squeeze on major buy out

Linklaters’ lateral hiring policy has borne fruit with two new partners securing one of the biggest buyouts since the credit crunch dried up liquidity. The magic circle firm advised Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and new client Quadrangle Capital Partners in the NOK5.8bn (£520m) buyout of Norwegian cable company Get from Clifford Chance’s longstanding private equity […]

Directors’ cut

Increased shareholder power places a greater burden on company directors, say Neil Mirchandani and Rebecca Huntsman Has the liability risk for directors increased or is it business as usual? Is the role of a company director more onerous today than, say, five years ago? To the latter question, many would answer ‘yes’. This year has […]

Boutique scores victory for Blairs over paparazzi

Media boutique Atkins Solicitors has scored substantial damages for the former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth QC of Matrix chambers. Media boutique Atkins solicitors has scored substantial damages for the former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth QC of Matrix chambers. The firm managed to settle a privacy […]

New world

As business becomes more globalised, so too does regulation. Jonathan Pickworth looks at the risk impact of this new era Across the world regulators are more powerful and better resourced than ever before. Most westernised governments have realised that for businesses to take regulation seriously it is necessary to criminalise liabilities, to personalise responsibilities on […]

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