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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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Package for homebuyers promotes legal services

CONVEYANCING clients will be issued with free information booklets alerting them to further uses they may find for their solicitors under a new scheme. The Home Mover Completion Pack, devised by marketing firm Targeted Business Programmes, will be given to clients by around 1,000 law firms taking part in the scheme on completion of conveyancy […]

Barrister takes on rugby Super League

A LONDON barrister has been appointed to spearhead a legal challenge to the proposed u80 million rugby Super League. Jonathan Crystal, a specialist in sport and defamation, is acting for West Yorkshire rugby league side Keighley in its bid to oppose the plan. The new elite league will feature 14 of the sport’s top clubs. […]

“No win no fee” looks set to get rubber stamp

LAWYERS will be entitled to work on a “no win no fee” basis within months if plans put to Parliament are approved. The scheme will establish conditional fee agreements for personal injury and insolvency cases and those before the European Court of Human Rights and European Commission. In successful cases lawyers will be entitled to […]

Overseas posts feature in partnership appointments

MORE than one new partner in five appointed by a crop of leading law firms this year are based overseas. Some sources believe the figure reflects a trend in which UK firms are trying to open up fresh markets by expanding abroad. In the latest batch of appointments, eight firms have announced 81 new partners, […]

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