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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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For a man who does not like lawyers becoming personally attached to their cases, it seems odd that Michael Holmes chose to become embroiled in the most emotionally charged case of the decade. The murder of Stephen Lawrence at a South London bus stop one night in April 1993 merited little public attention at first. […]

Electronic tagging starts

ABOUT 57 prisoners in England and Wales were released last week as part of the world’s biggest electronic tagging experiment. The Home Office expects 30,000 prisoners to end their sentences at home under the scheme. The Express

Coker denies discrimination suit is politically motivated

TWO solicitors who are taking the Lord Chancellor to an industrial tribunal for sex and race discrimination have hit out at his claims that their action is politically motivated. Jane Coker and Martha Osamor are bringing the case over the appointment of Garry Hart as Lord Irvine’s special adviser. Coker of north London law firm […]

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