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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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After years of being told that there was gold in them there pixels and that, if you truly believed, business salvation could be yours, Sunday night has become Monday morning. The cold light of day has shown that things are pretty much as they were before. You still have to go to work; you still […]

Argles fills new chief executive role

South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has created a chief executive role which will be taken up by the former head of Alsop Wilkinson. Chartered accountant Christopher Honeyman Brown has been working as a consultant to the firm and joins from accountants Horwath Clark Whitehall. Honeyman Brown joined Alsop Wilkinson as chief executive in 1996, […]

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E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211) It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site FT.com have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson’s last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently FT.com […]

Irwin Mitchell to challenge Irvine on PI discount rate

Irwin Mitchell is looking at the possibility of judicially reviewing the Lord Chancellor for his failure to set a discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, which solicitors claim is leaving PI victims short of millions of pounds. Essentially, a discount rate is the amount taken off victims’ damages to account for any profit gleaned […]

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