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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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Tacograph law under scrutiny

The Law Lords are to consider an application for leave to challenge a ruling centring on whether it is necessary for highway maintenance vehicles to have tacographs. Anthony Cheetham was prosecuted by Sleaford magistrates for driving a truck without a tacograph. The decision was set aside on appeal but was then sent back to the […]

Time for honesty over the use of taxpayers' money

For all the profession’s carping about “fat cat” attacks, orchestrated by the Government and carried out by an ever-willing media, it is a simple fact that some lawyers earn a huge amount of taxpayers’ money every year through legal aid work. And when a professional gets paid that much money, it surely does not need […]

BT joint venture driven by team of 15

British Telecom has used an even bigger team of in-house lawyers on its AT&T joint venture than it used on its aborted £12bn-megamerger with MCI. American Jack Greenberg, director of legal services for BT’s global communications arm, headed a team of 15 in-house lawyers worldwide, which pulled together the complicated agreement that will create a […]

Burges Salmon site

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has set up a web site which the practice claims has “a touch of humour to set it apart from its rivals”. The site, which can be found at http://www.burgessalmon.co.uk, includes cartoon characters that lead visitors to a range of information about the firm and key areas of law.

Sand the juniors

Running through the list of barristers who practise in intellectual property, virtually all the juniors at the leading sets of Three and 8 New Square and 11 South Square win praise. But as with silks there are still not enough new names coming up through the ranks to meet the demand in this ever-growing practice […]

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