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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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Cornish commercial firm Stephens & Scown has teamed up with fellow Law Group member, London firm Lawrence Graham, on the u1.8 million public share offer for South Crofty, owners of Cornwall’s last working tin mine. Such significance was attached locally to the Redruth mine that local people have made up 20 per cent of the […]

Back to school for judges says JSB

JUDGES may have to attend college before sitting on the bench if one of the proposals considered by the Judicial Studies Board’s internal review is taken up. Chair of the board Lord Justice Henry will head the steering group, which is conducting a review of the board’s structure, resources and activities. The current system of […]

Changes are for the better

As a member of the LGC and an erstwhile local government lawyer, now in private practice, I would hope that local government lawyers are eagerly awaiting the final reports from the commission, due this autumn, and subsequently the decision of the Secretary of the State for the Environment on these reports which have to be […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: James Ware

At its last session the Council of the Law Society met in camera to determine its views on the future of conveyancing. Since the public and legal press were excluded the only information we have was contained in a news-managed report in last week’s Law Society Gazette which stated that the council “had confounded expectations […]

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