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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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John Malpas reports CHAMBERS are being alerted to the availability of funding to help them bring management systems up to date. News of the funding was broken to the Chambers in Crisis workshop at the Bar Council’s recent conference. Nobody in the audience appeared aware of the cash available from training and enterprise councils (Tecs), […]

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Last week we wrongly stated that William Digby Bew of collapsed firm Durnford Ford was accused with Graham Durnford Ford of stealing £8.5 million from clients and faced one count of theft. We wish to point out that there has never been any suggestion that Bew stole money from clients. He faces four counts of […]

Annual IT awards

Helen Sage reports The Society for Computers and Law is holding its annual awards for law firms which develop innovative applications for IT. The award is a chance to air uses of IT in law firms to the rest of the profession and its IT advisers. John Irving, of BDO Stoy Hayward and this year’s […]

Lowe gets SCB consultancy

SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe will still have some influence over the bureau’s future despite her decision to resign at the end of the month. Lowe will be working under secretary general John Hayes until she leaves the Law Society at the end of the year. In a message to staff she revealed she […]

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