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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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The lobbying arms of US law firms reported a storming 2004, despite depleted congressional activity in the election year. According to figures published by lobbying publication Influence, lobbying activity contributed $420m (£221m) to the 13 law firms with the largest presence in the area. Lobbying is defined as activity directed at Congress and certain members […]

Walker Morris victorious in Bradford City FC case

Walker Morris‘s sports team has won a crucial football case with major repercussions for the lucrative football transfer market. Partners Chris Caisley and David Hinchliffe led the team advising Bradford City Football Club in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against a decision of Fifa’s Players’ Statute Committee. The case […]

Jubilee Line fraud: the end of the line for trial by jury?

“We had invited the judge to address case management issues from the outset. If this is going to be used to bash juries it would be a travesty, because there’s nothing wrong with the jury system,” says Brian Spiro, Burton Copeland partner and defence lawyer on the collapsed Jubilee Line fraud trial. Yes, Spiro has […]

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Following on from the recent story about BBC2’s The Apprentice (14 March) in The Lawyer, it appears that former Herbert Smith corporate partner Margaret Mountford is not the only legal connection in the programme. One of the contestants, James Max, last seen impersonating Borat on last week’s winning team, is the son of none other […]

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