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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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In brief: Shoosmiths advises clients on the piste

Reading-based Shoosmiths & Harrison is setting up a Ski Line to follow on from the Holiday Hotline which ran this summer. “We already have potential claims against tour operators and ski resorts despite the fact the skiing season is only a few weeks old,” head of the personal injury department Paul Paxton says. As with […]

On the front line of legal practice

Tim Miller explores the military option and finds out about the strategic operations involved in Army Legal Services Clad in their nuclear-biological-chemical warfare protection suits, they carried a ‘Manual of Military Law’ under one arm and a 9mm pistol under the other. The weapons training and the combat fitness test may have seemed like cosmetic […]

Are the ladies hemmed in?

Mary Heaney looks at a minor revolution as more women lawyers swap their skirts for trousers in the workplace Four months ago, City firm Linklaters & Paines found itself the subject of press attention when it changed its dress code allowing females to wear trousers. Until then, it was “generally-speaking, not appropriate for women to […]

Firms challenge LAB choice

Four law firms are applying for a judicial review of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) following a wrangle over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action. The four firms, which have formed a steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, are challenging the board’s decision to grant generic legal aid work to […]

Nabarros helps seal coal deals

Nabarro Nathanson’s Niall Logan helped create industrial history in what is believed to be British Coal’s biggest single legal transaction. The property partner took part in a marathon five-hour signing and sealing of hundreds of documents transferring mining rights to the private sector. Each document had to be stamped up to 10 times with the […]

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