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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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Reports Find employers wise to sex equality laws

EMPLOYERS are now taking sex discrimination seriously and are increasingly aware of the pay-outs they face if they do not ensure equality for workers, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) says. In her 1994 annual report EOC chair Kamlesh Bahl says the year marked “significant progress”, in the promotion of equality. She says the commission received […]

SJ Berwin report shows directors' shortcomings

Research co-sponsored by SJ Berwin reveals that company directors’ misunderstanding of their legal duties remains one of the key barriers to sustainable competitive success. The report, ‘Tomorrow’s company inquiry’ advocates the “inclusive approach”, as essential for successful companies. This entails building reciprocal relationships with all ‘stakeholders’ – employees, customers, suppliers and the community – in […]

Middle East group looks back on year of success

ASSISTANT under-secretary of state at the Foreign Office, Andrew Green, was guest speaker at the first anniversary event of the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC). Green, a former Ambassador to Syria, congratulated John Young, president of the council, and Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary general, on the energy and drive they have shown in establishing the […]

Aclec paper backs common training

SOLICITORS in London are to seek meetings with the Metropolitan Police to discuss problems they face representing clients held at stations. A newly-formed police liaison sub-committee of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association is now gathering complaints to raise with the force. Chair Colin Reynolds says most of the issues likely to be raised stem […]

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