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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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Only one in 40 trainee police station advisers make it back on LAB books

JUST 20 suspended police station advisers have been put back on the Legal Aid Board’s approved register since 800 trainees were suspended last month. The mass suspensions, which affect 44 per cent of all non-solicitor representatives held on the Legal Aid Board’s books, occurred after the trainees failed to hand in portfolios detailing practical examples […]

Bar takes action to deal with harassment

A RAFT of measures to combat sexual harassment at the Bar, including a network of safe haven chambers for victimised barristers, has been welcomed by the Association of Women Barristers. Bar vice-chair David Penry-Davey QC said he recognised the “significant barriers” women had encountered in the profession at a meeting of the women barristers’ group […]

Law Soc gears up for reform debate

THE TABLES could be turned on Martin Mears this week as the man who has persistently described himself as radical tries to stem pressure for wholesale constitutional reform. In a ‘President’s Paper’ outlining his objectives for the year which is to be debated by the Law Society council on Thursday, the new president says major […]

Financing

Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Clydesdale Bank’s structured finance unit and the London branch of Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen Girozentrale in the provision of a £20 million refurbishment loan to Camberhurst, for the Brunel Centre shopping complex in Swindon. Norton Rose advised Camberhurst.

Irish Bar wig option

BARRISTERS in the Irish Republic have voted by a narrow majority to cut the rule obliging them to wear wigs in court and make the matter optional. The decision, taken in a secret postal ballot of the country’s 1,000 barristers, is designed to pre-empt a Courts Bill being prepared by Irish Justice Minister Nora Owen, […]

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