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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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Hong Kong/Amnesty. Deafened by the sound of silence

Stephen Grosz is a partner at Bindman & Partners, which acted for Amnesty International “Listen. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of the hillsides and fields of Rwanda, where in their hundreds and thousands the dead lie silent.” This is a quote from the beginning of the advert which the British Section of Amnesty […]

Penningtons heads SA speaking tour

UK FIRM Penningtons will lead a delegation of European lawyers next month on a speaking tour of South Africa. Representatives from the European Law Group – which brings together firms in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK – will speak at a series of one-day seminars to be staged […]

LCD faces shutdown over IT tenders

ESSENTIAL computer systems in the Lord Chancellor’s Department, Courts Service and the County Courts could be switched off by staff this week in protest over a £60 million IT privatisation plan. Tendering by the LCD is already under way, with four large computer service companies shortlisted, including General Motors subsidiary EDS, once owned by US […]

Nuclear protest

The Law Council of Australia has issued a statement condemning the French government for its programme of nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean and calling on the country to cease testing until a determination is handed down by the International Court of Justice. The council, which made its statement with the support of the 22 […]

Commission backs Law Soc training

THE LAW Society has won European Commission support for its legal training initiatives after meetings in Brussels earlier this month showed the subject was high on Europe’s list of priorities. Chair of the Law Society’s training committee Simon Baker and legal education and training group chair Richard King met with commission officials to discuss continuing […]

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