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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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Donning the advocate's gown

Advocacy in the UK is set to undergo a sea change with the arrival of solicitor advocates, comments Paul Hampton In February 1994 the Law Society announced the names of 38 solicitors who had been granted extended rights of advocacy. Today nearly 300 of us have such rights and soon this number will rise to […]

Showdown over Bread Street votes

THE SUCCESSFUL candidate in last November’s alderman elections for the City ward of Bread Street will this week appeal against the Court of Aldermen’s refusal to ratify his election. Malcolm Matson, who won the election by 54 votes to 15, is arguing against Mr Justice Latham’s refusal to quash the decision. Nominated for alderman by […]

Firms look to stay Lloyd's trials in hope of settlement

Solicitors acting for Lloyd’s Names action groups whose court actions start in the next few months are applying for adjournments of their trials in order to await more details of the Lloyd’s Corporation’s £2.8 billion settlement plan. At least three action groups applied last week to adjourn, including the 1,250-member Wellington Names group, advised by […]

Bar conducts democracy shake-up

A BAR working party on democracy holds its first meeting this week amid rumblings of discontent among some barristers who accuse the ruling council of being unaccountable to its electorate. The working party, headed by treasurer Michael Blair, follows the Bar AGM in June when some members called for the meeting’s motions to be made […]

Firm ups its stakes in venture capital

MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has set up a pioneering unit to strengthen its expertise in the venture capital market. The section, headed by new partner Darryl Cooke, is one of only a handful of specialist venture capital units in the country. It will concentrate on advising both capital companies and their clients during […]

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