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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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Airlines collide with govt over payments

A major dispute between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Transport Secretary over the rules for compensation payments for air disaster victims has clarified an important point of international law, according to lawyers involved in the case. The row stems from the Government’s Air Carrier Liability Order 1998, which came into force last […]

Scuffle of the week

Following a public row about the Law Society’s u600,000 advertising campaign against Lord Irvine’s legal aid reforms, the Lord Chancellor has announced he is not playing anymore. Lord Irvine is considering banning the society from using its u32m income from solicitors’ practising certificates for “trade union” activities. That would effectively mean goodbye to such stunning […]

In brief: The barristers' monopoly

The barristers’ monopoly at the High Court has been cut further after the Lord Chancellor agreed that patent agents can conduct their own cases in court instead of employing lawyers. The Institute of Legal Executives was given the same power last year.

Top job for Johnson Matthey counsel

Simon Farrant is taking on the mantle of company secretary in addition to his role as senior legal adviser at precious metals and drugs company Johnson Matthey. Farrant replaces Gordon Thorburn who is to retire because of ill health. He will officially take over at the company’s annual general meeting in July. Farrant remains head […]

Fear over international crime plans

The Government’s plan to give domestic courts greater powers to deal with international fraud has received a mixed response from City crime lawyers. The new powers in Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 – effective from 1 June – allow some offences to be tried in England and Wales if any act, omission […]

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