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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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In brief: Howard bows to pressure on shredding

Fierce criticism has forced Home Secretary Michael Howard to withdraw a clause which allowed police to shred prosecution evidence in jury trials three years after conviction. The clause, which was part of the 1996 Criminal Procedures and Investigation Act’s code of practice, was drawn up by Michael Howard in December without any parliamentary debate. It […]

Choice encounters

All solicitors will be familiar with the chambers brochure. Often produced at great expense, the best have a page for each member with a photo, the type of work undertaken and some of the member’s leading cases. At the other end of the scale is the pocket version, with a general description of the type […]

Solicitor was not wittingly involved in property scam

Philip Vaughton handed a fraudster client a briefcase stuffed with £268,000 in cash from his own bank account. The tribunal heard that in 1990 Vaughton, then a partner at Northampton-based Howes Percival, was handling the sale of property developer RHDL’s newly-converted block of flats in Cleveland. But, unknown to Vaughton, the fraudster, “Mr F”, a […]

Litigation Writs 04/03/97

The Monty Python movie The Life of Brian is at the centre of a legal row over claims that its distributors wrongly gave the film’s rights to Channel Four Television for 20 years. Python (Monty) Pictures, of London NW1, has issued a writ against Paragon Entertainment, of Toronto, and Channel Four Television, in which it […]

House of Lords takes RSI case in hand

A landmark legal action in which a Macclesfield secretary is claiming damages for repetitive strain injury (RSI) is to be probed by the Law Lords. So far two judges have ruled for and two against the claim of 47-year-old Ann Margaret Pickford of Macclesfield who is seeking £175,000 damages. In the High Court in November […]

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