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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 16/01/96

A doctor convicted of offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs is being sued for unpaid bills by the solicitors who acted for him. Stephen Mitchell & Co, of London SE1, has issued a writ against Dr Ahmed Ismail, of London NW1, claiming counsel’s fees of £5,951 and £7,050, with interest and costs. The […]

In brief: End near for Charles Deacon fraud trial

The prosecution in the fraud trial of solicitor Charles Julian Deacon begins its closing speech early this week, with the prospect of the jury being sent out by Friday. Deacon faces 11 counts in relation to a series of alleged advance fee frauds totalling around US$1 billion in promised loans, by which he allegedly obtained […]

EU demystified

The joint Brussels office of Beachcroft Stanleys and Paris firm JP Karsenty et Associes has announced plans to hold a second colloquium on the European Union following the success of its first event last month. The colloquium, organised by resident solicitor Julie Nazerali at the European Parliament, was put together to “demystify” the workings of […]

Financings

SJ Berwin & Co advised British Land Co in its placing and open offer to raise £222.5 million. Allen & Overy advised brokers to the issue

AWB aims for regional network

THIS YEAR will see the Association of Women Barristers spreading its wings outside London. The association will be setting up regional groups run along the same lines as those of the Association of Women Solicitors, each with a separate chair and secretary. “There is a growing interest in support and information networks for women barristers […]

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