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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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Outgoing UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is to be presented with an award by the New York State Bar Association. Boutros-Ghali will receive the distinction, an International Law and Affairs Award, during the association’s annual meeting on 22 January in Manhattan. The award recognises Boutros-Ghali’s “contribution to international law” and the NYSBA describes him as […]

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Drake v Langdale – QBD, 12 November 1996 Claimant: Leslie Drake, 3Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, father of two, left severely brain damaged after family doctor allegedly failed to treat him properly during an acute asthma attack. Incident took place 10 years ago after the claimant, a former Royal Marine and trainee electrician at the […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Derek Pyle

Derek Pyle is a litigation partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson WS, based in Edinburgh. He was born in Cambridge. What was your first job? Waiter. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £860 a year. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Unemployed poet. Which law could you live […]

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Ex-smokers unite

The long-awaited test case in which a group of ex-smokers suffering from cancer is suing tobacco manufacturers, is now en route to the High Court. Leigh Day & Co has launched the action on behalf of 12 ex-smokers from the UK against Imperial Tobacco and Gallagher. It seeks compensation for each claimant in respect of […]

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