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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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LAWYERS acting in the Polly Peck administration abroad are becoming caught up in the escalating violence facing British professionals on the case. Joint administrators Coopers & Lybrand, Turkish authorities and the British embassy in Istanbul are to step up security after a Coopers employee was shot earlier this month. A partner at the accountancy firm […]

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City firm Withers has recruited a corporate financier to its corporate department. Hugh Devlin qualified as a solicitor in Scotland before joining British Linen Bank in 1989. While there he was in the team advising the Government on privatisation of the two Scottish electricity companies. He also advised on transactions for both public and private […]

Booths brimming with authors

THE PROLIFIC lawyer-writers of Booth & Co in Leeds have penned or contributed to more than one dozen books over the past year. The family law department has proved particularly industrious, coming up with eight books, two yet to be published. One of them, the first book by family lawyers on pensions, had to be […]

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Seltek has improved security on its voice processing systems to prevent unauthorised users deleting mailboxes and messages. A mailbox is locked automatically after five incorrect attempts have been made to access it. If two mailboxes are locked within a two-minute period the system locks up.

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