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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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Liability of landlords for noise

Judgment is pending in a case which will centre on landlords’ liability in respect of noise nuisance. Lord Justices Peter Gibson, Schiemann and Mantell have reserved judgment in an appeal in which London Borough of Southwark is challenging a ruling by Mr Justice Laddie, upholding an arbitrator’s decision that the council was in breach of […]

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THE PUBLIC accounts committee has asked for more information on the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) use of outside advisers. The inquiry comes after The Lawyer’s report last week that the CPS had brought in consultants to help it respond to Sir Iain Glidewell’s review of the service. But the committee, which subjected Director of Public […]

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