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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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Reed signs up Lexis

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The Capital Properties, a joint venture between Capital and Regional Properties and JLW Finance, was advised by Morgan Bruce in the acquisition of 31 retail and office investment properties from Norwich Union for u25.35m, advised by its in-house legal team. Senior debt was provided by SocietC Generale, advised by Wilde Sapte; mezzanine finance came from […]

Mackay pulls up LAB over advert

THE LORD Chancellor has rapped the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over the knuckles for pre-empting his plans for legal aid reform. Lord Mackay wrote to Law Society President Charles Elly to stress his concern over a board advertisement which assumed block contracts would be introduced. Richard Collins, planning manager, originally said the board would not […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Patrick Lefevre

Ravinder Chahal BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice. Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply […]

Lawyers in Germany win home title rights

NON-EU lawyers practising in Germany can now use their home title thanks to legislation passed by the German Parliament. The change, which has been effective since last month, was welcomed by foreign lawyers who have waged a long battle with the German government and bar authorities to have the situation changed. “We are now allowed […]

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