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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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New scheme aims for Europe-wide legal computer standard

A fully integrated computer and telecommunications system for lawyers has been promised at the launch of the Pan European Legal Telematics Programme. The programme, which aims to build common standards for integrating computer and telecommunications services in the legal profession, will focus on the development of a Legal Telematics workstation to meet the growing demand […]

Bar Council clears libel lawyer of misconduct

John Malpas reports A LEADING libel lawyer has been cleared by the Bar Council following a plaintiff’s charge that he pursued an unmeritorious action against him to earn a fee. The Bar Council’s professional conduct committee dismissed the complaint against James Price QC after deciding that there was no evidence of professional misconduct over his […]

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Plan three to four issues including information on budgets, production dates, forthcoming legal developments and firm events. Get quotes and samples from three printers. Draft deadlines for the submission of text and photographs. Set up a mailing list in conjunction with individual fee earners and ensure data is up-dated automatically. Publicise production dates internally and […]

Merger must come top of the agenda

Merger mania has once more hit the legal profession. According to the Smith & Williamson survey which contacted 35 partnerships of varying sizes, 86 per cent of firms have made an approach or been approached by another firm to discuss merger or acquisition. All the firms surveyed which have between 11 and 49 partners, have […]

The US jazz composer Illinois Jacquet is accusing UK record company Charly Records

The US jazz composer Illinois Jacquet is accusing UK record company Charly Records of breaching his copyright in the jazz number Philharmonic Blues. Jacquet claims that Charly used the number on its CD Jazz At The Philharmonic – The Beginning without his consent. He is seeking an order banning Charly from producing any CDs or […]

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