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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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Lords' fee hike takes appeal cost to £4,500

A MASSIVE eight-fold increase in House of Lords court fees, including a brand new £500 fee just for petitioning for leave to appeal, come into effect next Wednesday. The new fee structure will take the average cost of fees in an appeal case to £4,500. The scale of this rise overshadows the 9 per cent […]

Keeping one step ahead in the financial game

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the launch of the City Promotion Panel in late July, with a remit “to promote Britain’s financial services industry”. The Treasury made it clear that Britain meant UK-based businesses; and the panel includes senior executives from Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Paribas, chairmen of NatWest and Schroders and other […]

JP quits in protest over liability

A JP has resigned in protest amid rows about magistrates liability to pay damages and costs to defendants on appeal. The resignation of Lincolnshire-based JP Joanne Atkinson rocked the Magistrates’ Association annual general meeting. The resignation follows an award by Mr Justice Sedley against Lincoln magistrates – not including Atkinson – several weeks ago and […]

In brief: BT's Greenberg steps up to director

BT has announced the appointment of its general counsel Jack Greenberg as the director, legal affairs, of BT Global Communications. He remains general counsel and secretary for Concert, BT and MCI’s joint venture global networking company. In his new role he reports to Colin Green, secretary and chief legal adviser. Greenberg, who has been with […]

European network looks for expansion

FIVE lawyers from Brighton firm Donne Mileham & Haddock have been in Luxembourg discussing expansion plans for the Law Europe group. Chair Quintin Barry led a delegation of five lawyers from the firm to the Law Europe convention over the weekend. The Brighton firm provides the English link in the network of firms designed to […]

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