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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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Right to appeal over tenancy

The Law Lords are to look into the circumstances giving rise to creation of secure or assured tenancies, in a challenge to possession moves by a London housing trust. Gary Bruton, who is the temporary occupier of a flat in Lambeth which is pending re-development, claims he is entitled to tenancy rights protecting him from […]

A choice of career or lifestyle?

Ravinder Chahal sets out to discover whether today’s young lawyers are more concerned with lifestyle than income. Ravinder Chahal is a freelance journalist. If the 1980s were characterised by sharp suits and savage ambition, then the 1990s have been all about self reflection and quality of life. Indeed there has been a gradual recognition of […]

In brief: Lawyers race to victory in City of London

Two lawyers won the eighth annual City of London road race last Thursday. Giles Clifford from Freshfields won the men’s race and Kate Jenrick of Arden Chambers was the first woman to finish. Over 3,000 people took part including Heather Hallett QC, chairman of the Bar Council. The event, organised by Wilde Sapte, raised money […]

Juggling with home and career

Yet again the legal press is full of stories about partners, teams and senior assistants moving firms. Gone are the days when lawyers joined one firm and had a “job for life”. In order to retain key players, the quality of life of those individuals is an increasingly important issue for firms to address. In […]

In brief: TV show aims to give prisoners new hope

Channel 4 is to broadcast a new live series where viewers are invited to phone in and help prisoners prove their innocence. Clear My Name will run for six weeks starting on 31 May and will be presented by David Jessel.

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