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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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In brief: National Law Week restates lawyers' role

National Law Week is a chance to put the record straight on the role of lawyers, says Law Society President Charles Elly. Addressing the Birmingham Law Society’s president’s dinner, he said: “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Law Society’s Charter. It is time to reflect on the service of generations of solicitors and […]

Court 'rental' charges on way

Revelations of Government plans for daily court ‘rental’ fees are fuelling fears of reduced access to justice. A fee of u500 per day is anticipated for the High Court and u200 per day for the County Court. A Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) spokesman says the fees, which “only represent one third of the court’s running […]

CRE fights solicitor's race claim against club

The Commission for Racial Equality is taking legal action on behalf of a leading London solicitor who claims he suffered racial discrimination by a former City client. Sarosh Zaiwalla, senior partner of London-based Zaiwalla & Co, claims that legal work was withdrawn from him because of his Indian origins. The CRE is suing Britannia Steamship […]

Wandsworth shortlists bids for litigation work

Tim Miller TWELVE firms have been invited by Wandsworth council to tender for each of the litigation contracts after more than 100 expressed an initial interest. A further 35 firms are considering putting in bids for social services work, according to borough solicitor Martin Walker. In-house teams are expected to be among the bidders for […]

Law Soc's fee-based services

The Law Society is to invest in electronic information services with joint venture partners and will provide the data to solicitors on a commercial basis. The services, provided by the Legal Practice Directorate (LPD), could revolutionise the way that solicitors can receive information. Law Society members will be paying extra for services they currently receive […]

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