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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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Housing solicitors branded “ambulance chasers' by council

BIRMINGHAM housing solicitors have been accused by the local council of “ambulance chasing” after it was forced to pay out £13m in legal costs for housing disrepair cases. The charge was levelled at the city’s solicitors by the chair of Birmingham City Council’s housing committee, Dennis Minnis, as he unveiled plans to borrow £34m from […]

Cameron plays key role in Exchange merger

The London Stock Exchange’s in-house team, led by Allan Cameron, played a key role in negotiating its strategic alliance with the Deutsche Borse. Cameron, a member of the Stock Exchange’s management committee, will now sit on a joint London-Frankfurt project board, with fellow management committee member Martin Wheatley, chief executive Gavin Casey and three members […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Barbara Cahalane

Barbara Cahalane was born in Dublin in 1959. She is a qualified barrister and director of communications at the Law Society. What was your first job? Peeling hard boiled potatoes for potato salad in a restaurant in Bad St Peter Ording, Germany. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I studied at night […]

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Mad Frank and friends By Frankie Fraser with James Morton. When he is not editing the New Law Journal, James Morton writes books. This one, written in collaboration with celebrity ex-gangster Frankie Fraser, charts his relationships with his many friends and enemies.

Law Society announces Mickey Mouse conference plan

You read it first in Tulkinghorn. Last October, The Lawyer’s diary suggested the Law Society spice up the dull Solicitors’ Annual Conference by holding it in EuroDisney. And now the society has decided the 1999 conference will indeed be hosted by Mickey, Goofy and pals in Paris. The society is desperate to attract younger solicitors […]

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