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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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Litigation Writs 10/5/99

A doctor who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in January 1994 is facing a High Court compensation claim. The action has been launched by three survivors of the accident, in which one person died. Keith Wells, Michelle Thorpe and Kieran Thorpe, suing through his mother Michelle Thorpe, have issued a writ against […]

Collyer-Bristow escapes damages for negligence

City practice Collyer-Bristow and leading divorce barrister Martin Pointer QC have successfully defended a negligence action brought by a former client. The client, Corrine Green, claimed that she should have been advised to accept a settlement offer made by her former husband during her divorce proceedings. Green rejected the offer which included a house valued […]

Chinese take away foreign firm rules

The Chinese Ministry of Justice has pledged to allow law firms to open in more than one city a move which will see City firms flock there in order to take advantage of an expanding legal market. The China Ministry says it will lift the geographichal restrictions on law firms when China joins the World […]

…as duty solicitors threaten LAB with strike over triple time demand

Duty solicitors are threatening to strike on new year’s eve unless the Legal Aid Board agrees to pay them at least three times their normal fees. The Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) is demanding a meeting with the LAB at which it will call for the extra cash. CLSA chairman Franklin Sinclair says: “If the […]

New leadership at Hill Taylors following partner defections

City firm Hill Taylor Dickinson is entering a new era with fresh blood in the key positions of chairman and managing partner. Robert Wallis has been elected chairman and Rhys Clift managing partner. But they will continue fee-earning work in shipping, insurance and reinsurance. They will be charged with the job of raising the firm’s […]

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