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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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A parliamentary committee has scrapped the anti-discrimination clause introduced into the Access to Justice Bill. And, as predicted by The Lawyer last week, the committee has inserted a new clause – variously described by critics as “vague” and “half hearted” – outlining general objectives for the Community Legal Service, further down the Bill.

Cameron McKenna loses Moscow lawyer to US firm as it unveils details of Euro alliance

Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office has lost litigation lawyer Sergey Wolfson to US firm Chadbourne & Parke. Wolfson’s departure follows five months on from a purge at the Moscow office. Three Russian lawyers were made redundant in November and December. They included Tatiana Vinogradova, the lawyer who headed the office from when it opened in 1993 […]

Big incentives to get into work

Employment law may not have the kudos of other fast-developing areas of the law but as it becomes more specialised and its rapid growth is acknowledged in other parts of the profession, the role of the employment lawyer has become more important than ever. It is not surprising that practitioners say they have never been […]

Scuffle of the week

Lord Irvine is discovering that attack is not always the best form of defence. Furious at the Law Society’s high-profile national newspaper campaign against legal aid, Lord Irvine accused the society of “irresponsible scare mongering” and spreading lies. The result? An even higher-profile Law Society campaign with nearly every national newspaper running articles about the […]

Litigation Writs 3/5/99

An East Sussex man is taking the Home Office to the High Court, accusing it of failing to honour promises to pay compensation to gun owners who surrendered guns as a result of laws introduced after the Dunblane massacre. Roger Baker, of Hurstwood, has issued a writ seeking up to u100,000. He accuses the Home […]

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