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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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In brief: Berwins conference for Israeli business

City firm Berwin Leighton is hosting a conference for Israeli businesses at the Sheraton Hotel on 17 and 18 January. The event, organised in association with the Israel Export Institute, covers raising capital and business expansion in the UK and Europe.

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BCE Holdings was advised by Wallace & Partners in relation to an u11m placing of shares primarily to fund acquisitions.

Law firms on hit-list for IT thieves

Gangs across Britain are targeting law firms and stealing computer equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, suppliers warn. The profession is being hit by a “thefts-to-order” campaign, according to a founder member of the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers. Stephen Taylor-Parker says that highly computer-literate gangs are targeting legal practices in a series of […]

Service sets lawyers on the move

A travel service specifically aimed at lawyers and offering a 24-hour hotline for their clients has started up. Clients can call the Lawyer’s Travel Service at any time of the day or night, and switchboard operators will pass the message on to their travelling lawyer as arranged. The service is an offshoot of the City-based […]

On the front line of legal practice

Tim Miller explores the military option and finds out about the strategic operations involved in Army Legal Services Clad in their nuclear-biological-chemical warfare protection suits, they carried a ‘Manual of Military Law’ under one arm and a 9mm pistol under the other. The weapons training and the combat fitness test may have seemed like cosmetic […]

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