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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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Hardwicke Building stalker gets court fine

A barrister pestered a female colleague, plaguing her with phone calls and letters after she broke off their relationship, a court has heard. Justin Webster, who pleaded guilty to harassment after being charged under the new stalking laws, faces disciplinary action from the Bar Council. Webster, 37, of Hardwicke Building, once made 23 telephone calls […]

In brief: Steve Orchard

Steve Orchard, the Legal Aid Board’s chief executive, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to legal aid. He has worked in the legal profession for more than 37 years and at the LAB for 10 years. He says: “I’m obviously delighted for myself and my colleagues who have […]

Diana lawyers keep bills low

THE Diana Memorial Fund has decided to play safe with its legal bills following the bad publicity over Mishcon de Reya’s #500,000 bill. Mishcon’s successor, Harbottle & Lewis, will receive a “retainer” of #3,000 per month. Daily Mail

Law Lords protect the family home

In 1986 Norton Rose put one of their newest recruits, Catriona Syed, on the team advising a wealthy widow on how to avoid the tax man getting his claws into the family home after her death. Now, over a decade later, Syed, who joined Charles Russell along with Norton Rose’s private client department in 1997, […]

Compensate delays to cases, says Scott

Sir Richard Scott, the Vice-Chancellor, wants compensation to be paid to lawyers if judges are not available to hear civil cases on prescribed days under the Woolf system. Once the reforms have been instigated in April, courts are to have greater control of timetables and will set court dates earlier in an attempt to speed […]

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