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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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Leigh Day & Co is taking up the cases of 40 lung-cancer victims on a “no win, no fee” basis, following the Legal Aid Board’s refusal to provide legal aid in July. In Britain’s first group action funded by a conditional fee arrangement, the victims seek to sue two tobacco firms – Imperial Tobacco and […]

Alter prison law, but not Howard's way

The RECENT furore over the way prisoners’ sentences are calculated at first appeared to be normal silly season fare. But on closer examination it raised issues that bemused many lawyers, as well as their clients in prison, revealing starkly the complexities of prison law. Statutory provisions for calculating remand time are in CJA 1967 section […]

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Focus on management issues

The Lawyer has organised three evening seminars on the management and marketing of chambers. The sessions at the Inner Temple are designed to help chambers improve both their management structures and profitability. They follow up issues raised in a seminar held by The Lawyer in June, which was chaired by Bar Council chair David Penry-Davey […]

EC warns Poland against barring foreign law firms

The European Commission has warned the Polish government that restricting foreign lawyers from practising in Poland would contravene EC regulations. The warning was prompted by concerns over draft legislation to regulate and reform the Polish legal system which, by ruling that legal services can only be provided by Polish lawyers, would effectively force foreign lawyers […]

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