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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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Hill Taylor in Hong Kong split

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Burton's set swaps old offices for modern

John Malpas reports MICHAEL Burton QC’s 2 Crown Office Row set has moved to new offices. But the set, now renamed Littleton Chambers, has not left the confines of the Temple. Instead it has moved into what it says is the first purpose-built set of chambers in the Temple for over 150 years. Practice manager […]

Rival recruiters in row over documents

THE LONDON office of legal recruitment agency Reuter Simkin has successfully fought a legal action for the return of documents against an ex-employee and the rival agency which poached her. Reuter Simkin may also pursue the defendants, Daniels Bates, for damages. Jane Bowtell, Reuter Simkin director of legal recruitment, says: “We have had affidavits back […]

Children stage mock trial for Chief Justice

ASPIRING young advocates will get a chance to perform in front of Lord Chief Justice Taylor in the finals of the National Mock Trial Competition for schools this week. Sixteen schools are taking part in the competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation at Southwark Crown Court on Saturday. The competition, now in its fourth year, […]

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