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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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Ince & Co Middle East LLP (Dubai branch) has advised United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in the preparation and negotiation of bespoke shipbuilding contracts and related documentation in UASC’s largest ever newbuilding order. The order is for 10 containerships, along with option agreements for seven further vessels, with Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. The construction […]

The impact of inter partes review on patent litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO: the inter partes review or IPR. On 16 September, 2012, the USPTO stopped accepting petitions for inter partes re-examination and the IPR took its place. IPR, like inter partes re-examination before it, allows the USPTO to reconsider the patentability of a […]

2013 Chambers 100 listing recognises two Stephenson Harwood partners

Stephenson Harwood has announced that John Fordham, head of the law firm’s litigation practice group, and Tony Woodcock, head of Stephenson Harwood’s regulatory litigation practice, have been ranked in the 2013 Chambers 100 listing. Fordham was noted in particular for his commercial awareness and efficiency and responsiveness. A client commented that he is ‘efficient and […]

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