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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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Scottish law snubbed by Parliament, say Lib Dems

WESTMINSTER has treated Scottish law with contempt by ignoring its uniqueness, according to the Liberal Democrat Scottish leader Jim Wallace. Speaking at a lawyers’ fringe meeting during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Wallace said a new Scottish parliament would end 300 years of neglect of its legal system. Earlier the conference had endorsed joint […]

In brief: Bar equality rethink due to kick off

The Bar Council’s revamped equality code is expected to come into effect this week after being finalised at the weekend council meeting, unless further refinements are to be made. Other major issues to be debated include controversial proposals for deferring call to the Bar until six months’ pupillage are completed. An announcement was expected on […]

Shock to the System

Fiona Woolf, head of the utilities practice at McKenna & Co, plugs into the project’s history Demand for electricity in India far outstrips supply and there is simply not enough cash available in the public sector to invest in the power stations that the country needs. Five years ago the Indian government attempted to encourage […]

Dentons involved in property gaffe

DENTON Hall has emerged with egg on its face after a mistake was made in what is described as the largest ever residential property deal. The error occurred over the sale of the Kensington Estate by the Smith’s Charity to the Wellcome Trust for £280 million. Twenty-six blocks of tenants did not receive the proper […]

Netherlands breaks in-house deadlock

IN-HOUSE lawyers in the Netherlands will be invited to join the local Bar for the first time in the history of the profession after negotiations between the government and the Bar resulted in the drafting of new rules. Bar president Tom de Waard said the compromise had been reached earlier this month after the Bar […]

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