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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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In brief: Bar suggests ways to cut legal aid costs

The Bar Council last week attacked government plans to scrap legal aid for cases with less than a 75 per cent chance of success and put forward its own proposals for tightening up access to public funds. The Bar wants a variable legal aid merits test where, for example, simple money actions should have “good” […]

Pending Queen's Bench cases

Pending jury cases listed for hearing in the Queen’s Bench Division after October include: Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin; Gaisiance v Commissioner of Police; Martin & anor v News Group Newspapers; GKR Karate UK v Porch; GKR Karate UK v Yorkshire Post & ors.

Lawyers at play

Theodore Goddard trainee solicitor Rita Bedi, who is also a professional Indian dancer and amateur dramatist, took the starring role in the City of London Solicitors’ Company’s production of Love’s Labours Lost. Her main ambition, however, lies in practising corporate law.

Biddle makes a splash

Biddle holds its annual water-skiing afternoon for its clients this Friday. They are urged to “bring a wet suit” if they have one. Also on Friday, the Entertainment, Sports and Media Group is hosting a sports seminar at the Law Society. “At the end of the season, we’ll be there or thereabouts… Where will you […]

Law Soc election promises

The victors in the Law Society elections have promised a root and branch review of the society’s functions. Robert Sayer, elected as vice-president, said campaigning had put reform on hold for two months but now “we can get things done”. Michael Mathews, elected president, stated in his manifesto that he would lead the council in […]

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