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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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LAB set for block contract scheme

THE Legal Aid Board will be ready to launch a pilot block contracting project for legal aid lawyers in one year and hints that family solicitors may be the first targets. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the board is best placed to launch a pilot scheme for Green Form work along the lines of the […]

Olswang poaches SJ Berwin partner

S J BERWIN & Co tax specialist Kay Butler is set to join London practice Olswang to become its head of tax. Her move follows hard on the heels of corporate finance partner Graeme Levy’s move to 20-partner Olswang from SJ Berwin which was announced in January. A statement issued by Olswang on Friday confirmed […]

Litigation Writs 04/07/95

Policewoman Michaela Hawkes, 28, of Littlehampton, has launched High Court action over whiplash injuries she received in a 1989 road accident. Her writ says she was a front seat passenger in a car driven by Vanessa Phillips, of Southampton, when it was in collision with a car driven by Rowland Hart on the A27 near […]

Set to take on London

David Adams led the team at Travers Smith Braithwaite which acted for Clinton Cards in its £27.5m acquisition of GSG Holdings. Norton Rose acted for the underwriter HSBC Investments and Eversheds acted for the vendors. Paisner & Co’s Rosemary Sutherland acted for George Bateman & Son in its disposal of its Radial Free Trade business […]

In brief: Simkins takes on film specialist

The Simkins Partnership has appointed a new partner to its film and television department. Antony Gostyn, a specialist in screen law, has in the past worked with Channel 4 and Carlton Television. He was previously head of the media group at D J Freeman.

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