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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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The legal aid board. A quango the Law Society loves to hate

John Malpas looks at the stormy relationships which have dogged the LAB and talks to the institution’s main players “A DOWNCAST institution, riven by internal dissension from the highest to the lowest levels.” That is how the Law Society described the Legal Aid Board not long ago. In a speech which sparked off a huge […]

Player picks squad for professionals

AN EMPLOYMENT lawyer and former international rugby player has set up the first players’ association for the sport to tackle problems arising from the switch to professionalism. Richard Moon, an assistant and head of employment at Leamington firm Blythe Liggins, has set up the Rugby Union Players Association. Moon, who played for England and is […]

Carling denies media manipulation

It was inevitable that the publicity over Will Carling, his wife Julia and the Princess of Wales would generate some form of litigation. But the trail to the High Court in this particular case has taken an unusual course. TV presenter Julia Carling is suing Associated Newspapers not over the allegations involving her, her husband […]

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