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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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A SOLE practitioner has applied to the High Court for leave to challenge his Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) bill. If Portsmouth-based sole practitioner Michael Dalton wins leave to judicially review the Law Society, when his application is heard in August, it will be the first time that SIF has faced such a challenge. Dalton’s application […]

Tommy Hilfiger not exhausted

I refer to a recent Litigator’s View (The Lawyer, 16 June). Jonathan Moore of Hammond Suddards suggests that the case brought by Tommy Hilfiger against Tesco relates to exhaustion of trade mark rights, a general issue which was tackled on 16 July when the European Court of Justice gave judgment in the Silhouette case. We […]

Booklet of the week

Toronto Special Events & Entertainment Programme, by the American Bar Association. Essential reading for all those lawyers who are flying out to the ABA conference this week. Includes details of a visit to a wild flower farm, an ecumenical prayer breakfast and a bird-watching trip.

OSS and SFO in staff swap

Shaun Pye reports from the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks conference. The Serious Fraud Office is understood to have agreed in principle to second two of its investigators to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), in exchange for two senior OSS staff. The move will strengthen ties between the two organisations which have already […]

In brief: Garretts woos Cobbetts' construction head

Garretts 30-lawyer Manchester office has recruited Cobbetts construction litigation head David Rogers as a partner and has appointed a new office managing partner, Tim Hamilton, who joined from Alsop Wilkinson in 1996. The former managing partner, Stephen Devlin, who founded the office three years ago, takes the new role of head of corporate in Manchester.

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