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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: Watford firm rehouses property team

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Law Soc sets tight reform deadline

A REFORM blueprint to overhaul the Law Society’s constitution is to be drawn up within four months. The society set itself a tough reform timetable at its meeting last Thursday when it told its strategy committee, headed by president Martin Mears, to draw up proposals by January. The move follows a reform resolution, passed in […]

Mears undertakes to clarify official and personal views

MARTIN Mears has promised to stress the personal nature of his opinions when they are not in line with Law Society policy after his solicitors’ conference speech attacking what he called the “discrimination industry”. The pledge was in a response to a question tabled at Thursday’s council meeting by Michael Napier, president of the Association […]

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