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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 25/07/95

– A Winchester couple whose home was damaged by a fire said to have spread from replaced electricity equipment are taking Southern Electric to the High Court. Peter and Jane Clarke, of Wonston, Winchester, Hampshire, accuse Southern El

Merged chambers gets all mod cons

CENTRAL heating and showers are among the new facilities barristers in a newly merged chambers can enjoy since moving into their refurbished home. Fergus Mitchell’s 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings set is an amalgamation of his former 3 Dr Johnson’s Buildings chambers and 4 King’s Bench Walk. The merger took place some time ago, but the […]

Walker Morris seals £530m paints deal

LEEDS-based Walker Morris carried off the biggest deal handled by a law firm outside the City when it advised paints group Kalon in the £530 million purchase of Euridep. The transaction is the biggest of four in which Walker Morris guided several Yorkshire companies which bought and sold businesses worth nearly £570 million. Managing partner […]

Firms look to stay Lloyd's trials in hope of settlement

Solicitors acting for Lloyd’s Names action groups whose court actions start in the next few months are applying for adjournments of their trials in order to await more details of the Lloyd’s Corporation’s £2.8 billion settlement plan. At least three action groups applied last week to adjourn, including the 1,250-member Wellington Names group, advised by […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/07/95

WILLIAM MALCOLM ADAMSON, 49, admitted 1972 and DAVID HEWITT, 43, admitted 1975, practised in partnership as Malcolm Adamson & Co, Heywood, Lancashire, struck off and reprimanded respectively and ordered to pay costs of £3,399 (Adamson 80 per cent and Hewitt 20 per cent). Allegations substantiated they failed to keep properly written accounts and wrongly drew […]

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