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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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Firms press on despite Gulf War research

TWO firms representing deformed children of Gulf War veterans say they will not wait for official research into possible links between Gulf War Syndrome and birth defects to fight for compensation. The Ministry of Defence announced last week that it would carry out the three-year study, which is a partial victory for the 500 veterans […]

Merger poses no threat

Your article on our merger (‘Merger Strengthens Chancery Set’ 23 January 1996) was well researched and I am grateful to you for the lineage you have afforded these chambers. The amalgamation of these two sets of Chancery chambers, together with the wholesale improvement in its administrative and communication systems, will provide us with the facilities […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 06/02/96

William Noel Arthur Horner, 54, admitted 1969, practised as Noel Horner, Truro, Cornwall, struck off. Allegations substantiated he failed to account for funds handled by him in capacity as solicitor, failed to comply with deposit interest certificate, failed to deliver agent papers and documents to Law Society in connection with his practice, failed to co-operate […]

End to the days of double-think

Nicholas Dobson reports The sleeping spell over local authority trading once cast by the Audit Commission has now been dispelled by an unlikely prince. The Department of the Environment (DoE), which oversees local authorities, has given a cautious green light in the debate over municipal trading and the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970. […]

Firm unveils child unit

LONDON firm Fisher Mere-dith is to set up its own international child abduction and adoption unit. The four-lawyer unit will be led by partner and child specialist Nina Hansen and will be geared to do both legal aid and private work. Fisher Meredith, one of London’s largest legal aid law firms, is well known for […]

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