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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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Law Soc plans advertising attack on legal aid changes

THE LAW Society is planning to attack the Government’s changes to legal aid, and the Access to Justice Bill, by launching an advertising campaign. David McNeill, head of press at the Law Society, says talks are underway with shortlisted advertising agencies. He says the focus of the campaign will be aimed the general public. “Legal […]

Pierce sends CBE back to Number 10

Gareth Pierce, the high-profile solicitor who successfully fought to release the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and battered wife Sara Thornton, has rejected her New Year CBE. Pierce, a partner at BM Birnberg & Co, was given the award in the New Year Honours. When awards are made, recipients are informed and expected to accept […]

In brief: Hall Clark

Hall Clark, the London firm which dissolved last Friday with the senior partner going to Berrymans Lace Mawer, says it decided to close before being approached by Berrymans. Hall Clark partner Andrew Pieri, who is accompanying senior partner Beryl White to Berrymans, says the firm has six lawyers and not 11 as was reported. “They […]

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has coughed up nearly £500,000 to help dig the beleaguered Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) out of its backlog misery. But the money – required to pay extra staff to deal with thousands of pending complaints – will only clear the backlog that has accumulated up to December 1997. […]

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