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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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Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]

Bakers' assistant cleared of assault

A SOLICITOR with City firm Baker & McKenzie has been cleared of attacking a gay airline steward in a brawl at a cashpoint machine. Stephen Sumpton was acquitted at Southwark Crown Court of assaulting Neil Chambers causing actual bodily harm. Sumpton, a 27-year-old assistant at Bakers, was alleged to have assaulted Chambers after shouting homosexual […]

Lowe gets SCB consultancy

SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe will still have some influence over the bureau’s future despite her decision to resign at the end of the month. Lowe will be working under secretary general John Hayes until she leaves the Law Society at the end of the year. In a message to staff she revealed she […]

Court IT.In the running for the legal system

This week five foreign multi-nationals – two US, two French and one German – making four separate bids will receive final tender documents from the LCD. These are: EDS, Unisys, Sema Group jointly with Bull Information Systems and Siemens Business Systems (see adjacent panel). According to one source: “The intention is for the supplier to […]

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The Liverpool office of Davies Wallis Foyster advised Hoylake-based publishing company the Newhall Group in a repurchase of 22.5 per cent of its own shares. Black Norman & Co in Crosby acted for the vendor.

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