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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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Freemasons. Satanic bunkum or quiet charitable works

It is six years since I wrote Inside The Brotherhood, yet I still receive half a dozen letters each month from people who believe their businesses and lives have been ruined by masonic conspiracy in the legal profession. I receive thick files about shady planning decisions, disputed inheritances, unfair dismissal claims, bank malpractice and all […]

In brief: Courts win power to confiscate profits

Courts are now able to confiscate profits gained through “serious and acquisitive crime” by persistent offenders following the enforcement last week of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1995. The Act means criminals face losing their homes, cars and possessions if courts believe they have been bought with the proceeds of crime. “It cannot be right […]

Unions fight privatisation

LABOUR is backing two trades unions in condemning plans to “privatise” computer and administration functions in the courts service. The government plans, involving its private finance initiative, are going through without judicial consultation or parliamentary debate. The unions intend to write to all judges, from the circuits to the Supreme Court bench, and MPs to […]

Bring on the subs

As many lawyers will be aware, employment trends have changed dramatically in the past couple of years; job security is no longer guaranteed and employers are increasingly recruiting staff on a contract basis. The flexibility which the short-term market offers is highly attractive to employers, enabling them to deal more effectively with unpredictable workloads and […]

Freemasons. Satanic bunkum or quite charitable works

Freemasons have long been an easy target for people whose lives have failed to meet their expectations and who look to conspiracy theories to explain their failures. And until recently freemasons would not refute such claims. Chris Mullin, MP for Sunderland South, also subscribes to the theory and has invited members of the legal profession […]

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