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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Mark Browne, from Lincoln, died in 2012 aged 46 after his GP, Dr Nicholas Smith, failed to detect that he had symptoms of rectal cancer. Mr Browne and his family were represented by Lime Solicitors in Leicester and No5 Chambers barrister Henry Pitchers. Dr Smith ultimately admitted wrongly diagnosing Mr Browne with piles rather than […]

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Brodies breaks through £50m with 13 per cent turnover rise

Scottish firm Brodies has reported a fourth consecutive year of revenue and profit growth, with turnover up 13.2 per cent to £52.1m and profit up 23 per cent to £23.7m for the 2013/14 financial year. The results follow a 7.5 per cent increase in turnover in 2012/13 (8 July 2013). Turnover has risen by 41.4 […]

Goodman Derrick assists in establishment of independent press monitor

Goodman Derrick has been commissioned to assist in the establishment of IMPRESS: the Independent Monitor for the Press.  Launched in December 2013, the IMPRESS Project is aimed at establishing a press regulator that is independent of both newspaper owners and politicians.  With the support of journalists and free-speech campaigners including Sir Harold Evans, Lisa Appignanesi […]

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