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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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Rhodes bows out at Dibbs

PAUL Rhodes, managing partner of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and one of the profession’s most talked-about lawyers, surprised partners last week by deciding to step down on 31 December. He is due to retire from the firm in 16 months. Often caricatured in the press as the pugilistic handler of a pack of rottweilers, the Cambridge-educated […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 05/12/95

Operating private hire vehicle outside the terms of licence East Staffordshire Borough Council v Rendell (1995). DC (Simon Brown LJ and Sedley J) 3/11/95. Summary: A private hire car operator commits an offence by redirecting phone calls from his place of business in the district in which he is licensed to operate to premises in […]

A cautionary tale

The results of The Lawyer survey on attitudes to the change in the law affecting a suspect’s “right to silence” make alarming reading. The raison d’etre of the law, that less “guilty” people would escape justice, seems at odds with the findings which reveal that six in ten solicitors believe that there is no change. […]

Glad to front a fight for justice

It is an unhappy fact of modern life that the Bar Council had no choice but to recently publish guidance on how to deal with gender and ethnic discrimination. The council sought the help of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) to create its code. While we welcome the call for help, we approached the […]

A clean Bill of hi-tech health

Linda Tsang reports The Computer Misuse Act is leading the battle against bugs, says Linda Tsang “Smoke me a kipper. I’ll be back for breakfast…unfortunately, some of your data won’t.” This was how virus writer Christopher Pile used to sign off on screen. Pile has made history as the first virus writer to be sent […]

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