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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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Howells case highlights public interest

The Solicitors Complaints Bureau has come in for fierce and sustained criticism in recent years over its perceived bias in favour of the legal profession. It has been castigated by the National Consumer Council and admonished by the Legal Services Ombudsman. The consumers of legal services, the clients, are far from convinced that they can […]

Andrew Masterson wants to a way to stop 'looney' litigants.

Andrew Masterson is a commercial/IT litigator with Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. Lords Woolf and Mackay are making a start on reigning in some of the looney litigants who use the courts, but more needs to be done. Often failed businessmen teetering on the bring of insolvency, these litigants’ claims are based on allegations of verbal […]

Lloyd's buoyed up by profits

Storm clouds are finally lifting from Lloyd’s of London after the embattled insurer reported record profits and successfully pushed through its rescue plan at meetings held last week. Litigation by Names, many of whom faced financial ruin after the market’s massive losses in the late 1980s, has subsided in the past year. This has helped […]

IBA and Arab lawyers to debate Lockerbie bombing trial location

ARAB and Scottish lawyers representing the two alleged Lockerbie bombers will meet senior international lawyers at a seminar on the deadlock over the Lockerbie trial in London in September. The seminar, ‘Lockerbie: Where Now? A study of Jurisdiction and Fair Trials’, is hosted jointly by the International Bar Association and the Arab Lawyers Union. Ross […]

Barnards document

Helen Sage reports Barnards Inn Chambers has put together a document for local government lawyers outlining its members’ public sector expertise. The document is designed to be a point of reference for local government lawyers when they need to instruct barristers. Members of the chambers have been acting for local authorities in a wide range […]

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