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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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Judges are neither lenient “liberal pinkos” nor “bloodthirsty old men” handing out draconian sentences, declared Lord Bingham at his first press conference as Lord Chief Justice. The country’s most senior criminal judge, explaining his opposition to the extension of mandatory sentences as proposed by Home Secretary Michael Howard, said: “I don’t adhere to the view […]

A helping hand for the disabled

The problems and frustrations that arise when the law is called in to help those who cannot help themselves have seldom been better illustrated than in a recent High Court action. And one message comes from the winning legal team – lawyers who fight for the needs of the ill and disabled must be tough […]

In brief: Legal help comes to the campus

South Wales firm Hugh James claims to be the first in the country to launch free campus-based legal advice clinics for students and college staff in two South Wales colleges. But business has not been brisk at the first clinic that started at the beginning of the academic year, at Merthyr Tydfil College, which has […]

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Memery Crystal acted for Recruitment Exchange on its admission to trading on the OFEX. The company is capitalised at £1.69 million. Memery Crystal also acted for Ellis & Partners

Firms to pay more after SIF blunder

Firms will be asked to pay 7.5 per cent more to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) this year than the original contribution asked for in August, following an embarrassing blunder by SIF staff. SIF chair Andrew Kennedy has admitted that its calculations failed to take into account extra discounts for low-risk work. He said they […]

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