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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 […]

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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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Non-practising barristers last Saturday called on the Bar Council to reverse a “farcical” rule change which bans them from acting as advocates. The alteration to paragraph 212 of the Bar’s code of conduct came into effect on 1 June and removes rights of audience from any barrister not in independent practice or working in-house. The […]

LCD launches IT think tank

THE Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has set up a think tank to consider ways of improving the use of IT in the civil justice system. Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the LCD and former shadow IT spokesman, is to chair a strategy group of eight civil servants and IT professionals. It will be charged with […]

In brief: Bird & Bird reels in film specialist Dally

Bird & Bird has appointed film lawyer Peter Dally as a partner. Dally, who specialises in film production finance and distribution, was formerly a partner at Denton Hall and latterly at Marriott Harrison.

Anonymity refused for LAB appeal firm

A London firm battling the withdrawal of its Legal Aid Board (LAB) franchise has failed to retain its anonymity. Three appeal judges, headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, have ruled that if Kaim Todner wants to pursue its challenge it must be identified. The two-partner London firm was granted leave to challenge […]

Law Society extends its KPMG negligence claims

The Law Society has made fresh allegations against accountancy firm KPMG of negligence relating to its auditing of law firm Durnford Ford’s accounts. The society was forced to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to clients when the firm was closed by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in 1992 and senior partner Graham Ford was […]

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