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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: Lovells litigator becomes senior partner

Andrew Walker, 51, takes the helm as senior partner of international firm Lovell White Durrant this week. The first litigator to be made senior partner of the firm, Walker is expected to be “a strong champion of the firm’s international practice, including its cross-border work”. Currently a senior partner in the practice’s commercial litigation practice, […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Duncan Lamont

Duncan Lamont was born in London on 10 June 1961. He is a media lawyer at City firm Biddle & Co. What was your first job? Sheepskin coat salesman, Oxford Street, London. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £30 per week, outdoor clerk East End Solicitors (1979). What would you have done […]

Litigation Writs 05/03/96

High Court action has been launched against a rattle manufacturer by Mother and Baby magazine after a number of babies were injured by rattles distributed with the magazine. The writ says many of the rattles distributed broke, cutting babies and toddlers on their mouths and faces, while other babies coughed and choked on broken parts […]

Responsibility with integrity

In response to your article, ‘Angry CPS lawyers threaten strike’ (23 April) I wish to clarify the position of the FDA CPS Section, which represents the majority of lawyers within the CPS, and to correct a number of factual inaccuracies. The original motion considered by the CPS Section Council had been circulated prior to publication […]

Expert sceptical of CSA success claims

A leading family lawyer has sharply criticised claims by the Child Support Agency that it has significantly improved performance in the past year. Susan Deas, chair of the Child Support Act committee of the Solicitors Family Law Association, said figures in the interim end-of-year report should be taken “with a large pinch of salt”. The […]

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