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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 lands Sinclair Roche shipping expert

Former Sinclair Roche & Temperley partner Michael Stockwood has joined Ince & Co‘s shipping team. He specialises in shipbuilding disputes and acts for shipowners, shipyards and banks, with a focus on Norway.

Thomas Eggar creates construction unit

South East firm Thomas Eggar has launched a standalone construction and engineering unit. It will be based in the Reigate office and will be headed up by Mark Clinton, who will relocate from London. Litigation partner John Kittow will also work with the unit.

SJ Berwin profits fall for third year

SJ Berwin has been hit hard by a recent dearth of corporate work, seeing its turnover dip by 5 per cent and its profits drop by around 20 per cent. The firm brought in £91.3m in total income last year, compared with £96.1m the previous year. Although profits per equity partner have still to be […]

Microsoft raids IBM for IP chief

Microsoft has poached the intellectual property (IP) chief of rival technology giant IBM.Marshall Phelps leaves his post as vice president for IP and licensing at IBM to manage Microsoft’s entire IP portfolio from its West Coast headquarters.“Intellectual property is becoming even more important to the technology industry and to Microsoft’s continued innovation,” said Brad Smith, […]

Global concern

Different countries have different priorities when it comes to international tax information exchange. Anthony Travers says the OECD is keeping a watchful eye on the offshore world During the past five years, offshore jurisdictions have become more respectable after being subjected to a series of initiatives that have introduced the highest standards of anti-money laundering […]

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