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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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Howard's political posturing over justice

Rather than trying to score points over Jack Straw, Bruce Houlder thinks it’s time Home Secretary Michael Howard took a far more responsible approach towards jury trials> The Home Secretary’s reforming zeal appears all too often to be motivated by considerations which have little to do with justice, but all to do with being seen […]

In brief: Race campaigner Higgins dies suddenly

Grace Higgins, who successfully fought for a better deal for black and Asian bar students, died after an epileptic fit last month. In 1992, Higgins successfully pressurised the Bar Council and Council of Legal Education into remedying restrictive practises which she felt were contributing to black and Asian people failing their Bar finals. She brought […]

The dinosaur runs and runs

Paul Marsh’s observations on property selling by solicitors (The Lawyer, 11 February) are intriguing. He refers to instances of two claims against the Compensation Fund within my constituency of Surrey. Is he seriously suggesting that grants paid out in these cases were in respect of claims against solicitors acting in their capacity as estate agents? […]

Commons committee slams legal aid tests

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has criticised the lack of judicial accountability for criminal legal aid means testing, saying that magistrates’ courts have no incentive to get means assessments right. Taking evidence from Sir Thomas Legg, permanent secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, the committee expressed concern at the […]

McKenna's lawyer gets US movie role

The Movie Picture Association of America, which represents the political, copyright and public relations interests of major studios worldwide, has selected Peter Valert, a lawyer with the Prague office of McKennas, as its official Czech representative. The MPA wishes to have stronger links with the Czech Republic following a visit by MPA president Jack Valenti […]

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