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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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Council tenants to appeal

The tenants of a council flat in Camden, in north London, who sought to end their joint tenancy agreement on the basis that the tenancy would then be taken over by just one of them, have been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords against Camden council’s refusal to amend the agreement. Last […]

Government says justices' clerks have a vital role to play in magistrates' future

The Government has come out in support of justices’ clerks, stating that their role of providing the best possible advice and support to magistrates should not be compromised or diluted. Its views come in a consultation paper, “The Future Role of the Justices’ Clerk”, issued as part of moves to modernise and improve the operation […]

Open market's hollow promise

Loud voices trumpet the fall of SIF and promise a better tomorrow. One should be aware of Greeks bearing gifts – especially when they are promises for the future. Premium rates for SIF are fixed without a profit element and assess a firm’s claim records. If one’s premium has increased because of claims loading this […]

In brief: Bevan moves split Welsh NHS in-house team

The National Health Service’s (NHS) in-house team in Wales has lost five of its 14 lawyers to Bevan Ashford. Chris Mayers joins as a partner, Mark Trillo and Jon Thompkinson as associates, and Andrea Thomas and Richard Thomas as assistants. Bevan Ashford said the five had approached the firm because they wanted to develop their […]

Gentle touch in the city of steel

Observers prepared to watch a battle for supremacy when Nabarros set up in Sheffield. But the firm refused to play. When Nabarro Nathanson rode into town four years ago, Sheffield’s big guns prepared for a legal showdown. “When Nabarros arrived we had to reposition ourselves,” admits Dibb Lupton Alsop regional managing partner Paul Firth. The […]

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