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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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Partners on the move…

Capsticks now has 25 partners after the promotion of six new partners from within the firm: Trevor Mawer (employment), Neil Grant (healthcare law), and – all in the clinical negligence department – Victoria Stewart, Penelope Radcliffe, Iain Pickering and Lorna Hardman. Before qualifying as solicitors Stewart and Radcliffe were qualified barristers. David Cubitt, employment partner […]

Nigerian fights deportation

Ben James, a 30-year-old Nigerian-born stockbroker who came to the UK when he was 14 and is fighting moves to deport him, has won the right to mount a second High Court challenge to the Government’s insistence that he returns to Nigeria. James, who ran a u40,000-a-year stockbroking business, was on the verge of being […]

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Manners. Not content with the amount of free publicity it received after Lord Irvine graced his walls with its u300 a roll Pugin-style paper at taxpayers’ expense, wallpaper company Walker Greenbank has ungraciously slammed the Government for enacting policies which have lost the company u600,000. The UK’s human rights record. At great embarrassment to the […]

Liverpool lawyers in legal aid scam

Dubious practices by Liverpool lawyers have sent the city’s legal aid bill for welfare cases soaring to three times the rest of the country, it was claimed last week. Figures released by the Merseyside Legal Services Committee show that in 1997/98 an average of £11.21 from legal aid funds was spent for each person on […]

In brief: Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling. The headline “Shearman’s Paris chief deserts to Hammonds” in the 29 March edition gave the impression that William Lee, Shearman & Sterling’s former Paris managing partner, had quit the firm to join Hammond Suddards. Though the story stated that he had been the former managing partner of the Paris office, the headline […]

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