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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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Accountants to circulate Law Soc investigations

Law firms can learn from the mistakes of other solicitors under a scheme being set up by a chartered accountants firm to distribute the results of Law Society investigations into law firms. Geo Little Sebire & Co’s legal services division is planning to send participating lawyers anonymous extracts from Law Society Monitoring Unit reviews of […]

Lawyers using information technology are giving away secrets, says offices report

Lawyers are in danger of letting secrets slip when using communal office equipment, according to a recent survey. The survey of 100 lawyers, carried out by office equipment suppliers Gestetner, revealed that lawyers used fax machines enthusiastically but not always to best effect. One lawyer faxed a confidential document to a newspaper, but another went […]

Reform promised after Regis fiasco

President of the Law Society, Tony Girling, has supported calls for radical reform of the society’s financial and management structures following a damning report on its Regis computer project. An interim report by a Law Society inquiry into the project has found that inadequate financial controls and poor project management have dogged Regis ever since […]

Prosoft Carpe Diem reaches version two

Texas-based ProSoft Corporation has launched a new version of its time and expense tracking package, Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem allows users to record billable time through a series of timers which can be labelled, for example with a client’s name. It can also create electronic timesheets and expense reports, which can be posted into most […]

Lord Mackay meets EU chiefs to tackle human rights set-up

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, is in Strasbourg this week to discuss how improvements can be made to the way the human rights convention machinery works. He will meet the president of the European Court of Human Rights, Rolv Ryssdal, and the secretary general of the Council of Europe, Daniel Tarschys. Discussions will centre on […]

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