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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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Season of staff disruption over pay kicks off at Law Society

Accountants and investigative staff are set to follow the first strike in the Law Society’s 172-year history by a work-to-rule aimed at causing maximum disruption. On Monday the majority of the 45 staff at the society’s monitoring unit and investigation accountants department were due to go out on a one-day strike over pay, and not […]

Law Soc reneges on promise to survey number of masons

The Law Society is retreating from a promise to find out how many council members are freemasons, because it says MPs have already published their report on masons in the police and the judiciary. In February, Derek Sands, chair of the Law Society’s criminal law committee, agreed to a request by the Home Affairs committee […]

US bond issue first

Linklaters & Paines has acted on the first international US dollar convertible bond issue by a Polish company. The firm acted as English and US legal advisers to Robert Fleming & Co and MC-BBL Securities, the joint lead managers of the offering, and for the trustees to the issue, Citicorp Trustee Company. The deal also […]

Irish Law Soc slams party plans for legal ombudsman

An Irish political party’s election manifesto pledge to introduce an independent legal ombudsman with statutory powers to deal with public complaints against the legal profession has been met with stiff opposition from the Irish Law Society. The Progressive Democrats, a centre right party, is tipped to become part of a new coalition government after next […]

A matter of convenience

re: “Solicitor who ‘broke any law that was convenient’ struck off” (The Lawyer, 8 April). If the former partners of Freeses did, indeed, break “any law that was convenient” what, one wonders, did they do when up against the many inconveniences with which Parliament has obstructed those of fraudulent intent? Stephen C Miller Harper Macleod

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