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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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Fury as SIF fees hike hits home

Firms of all sizes have reacted with anger and confusion to letters from the crisis-hit Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) notifying them of massive hikes in their fund contributions. One leading figure, Dibb Lupton Alsop managing partner Nigel Knowles, said the City would be certain to back a campaign for SIF’s monopoly to be abolished following […]

South African giant breaks coastal links

Johannesburg firm Webber Wentzel Bowens – South Africa’s largest practice – has ended its association with Durban firm Shepstone & Wylie and Cape Town-based Findlay & Tait. Webbers has also said that it plans to open its own offices in Cape Town next March. The firm’s general manager Murray Thompson said that the split was […]

Landmark planning win for Lawrences

Lawrence Graham is celebrating a “landmark” planning ruling after convincing an inquiry that a proposed development 600 metres from a town centre was “edge of centre” rather than “out of centre”. Planning partner Trevor Blaney used a shopping survey to persuade the planning inquiry that the two retail stores planned by his clients BT and […]

Capital Corporation successfully fought off casino takeover

While British lawyers spent this month’s American Bar Association (ABA) conference forging contacts and drumming up business, their American colleagues spent much of their time debating euthanasia. And when they weren’t discussing physician-assisted suicide, they were grappling with a host of other social issues. It all left the Brits a tad bemused. As one senior […]

Kenya embraces Law Society mission

The Law Society is hailing a recent human rights mission to Kenya as a major success, after the Kenyan Gov ernment accepted its recommendation for a workshop to discuss the much-maligned Kenyan justice system. A delegation from the Law Society’s international human rights working party made the recommendation after visiting the country earlier this year. […]

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