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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 […]

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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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Schoolteacher Joanna Laromani, who has been awarded £15,000 damages against South Yorkshire Police. Laromani had refused to give two officers her boyfriend’s driving documents after an incident at home in 1997. The officers had grabbed her but she struggled free, ran inside and phoned 999. However, when more police arrived, they handcuffed her and bundled […]

Eversheds acquires Linsley & Mortimer

Eversheds has snapped up Newcastle firm Linsley & Mortimer to boost its local insurance practice. The three-partner firm, which counts CGU and Iron Trades among its clients, began talks with Berrymans Lace Mawer in June 1999. But by September, negotiations were called off at the last minute. According to David Weatherburn, head of insurance and […]

Northern & Shell Group

Monday afternoon is a hectic time for Maninder Gill, head of legal at Northern & Shell, as he has to find a quiet corner of the office to browse through a copy of OK! Magazine. It is not everyone’s idea of hard work but Gill is checking the magazine before it goes to press. OK! […]

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Only one in three of the UK’s top 100 law firms responded to The Lawyer’s second comprehensive pro bono survey, but at least this is more than last year. Dearbail Jordan reports on the good, the bad and the indifferent. Apathy is the greatest enemy of progress – a point that is amply illustrated by […]

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