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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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LAB proposals wide of mark in cutting legal aid 'factory farm'

THE LAW Society has come up with a new plan to clamp down on greedy lawyers who “factory farm” legal aid. Officials say that the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) proposals to combat abuses of the Green Form system may miss their target. Instead, the society has come up with its own radical idea to curb […]

Microsoft targets firms

Fennell Betson reports Major US software house Microsoft has launched its package for the legal market. Based on its Office suite of applications, it includes access to LawTel, an on-line database of 13,000 case summaries, and to the CompuForms electronic legal forms service. Microsoft business development manager Charles Emes says that law firms are “power […]

Welsh lawyers to spend national day in Brussels

WELSH solicitors will gain an insight into Europe next week when they visit Brussels to celebrate St David’s Day. Thirty lawyers will meet officials from the European Parliament and Commission and will see at first hand how the system works. The event has been staged by the Law Society and the Law Society of Scotland […]

Aitken wants more legal expense cover

Insurers have called on the Government to provide tax relief on legal expense schemes following backing from Treasury Minister Jonathan Aitken. Aitken told the Society of Conservative Lawyers that he was keen to see an extension of private insurance to ease the burden on the legal aid budget. Legal expense insurers have welcomed his support […]

LAB faces claims of political bias

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) has been accused of riding rough-shod over the consultation process on legal aid reform. President of the Law Society Charles Elly says the board has “endangered its political neutrality by acting as a cheerleader for controversial ministerial ideas”. Elly’s criticisms follow LAB recruitment advertisements which assume that block contracts will […]

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