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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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Plans for uniformity could lead to chaos

Government reforms for solicitors who carry out investment business could bring confusion, undermine quality, and cost practices time and money, warns Andrew Murray. Andrew RET Murray is a solicitor at Lawrence Graham. Our legislative masters have decided to introduce uncertainty to lawyers carrying out investment business. The Government has plans for a Financial Services Reform […]

Time for home rule in the North East?

Urban regeneration and inward investment have allowed the North East to grow in strength, but only increased autonomy for the regions can allow further growth, says Graham Wright. Graham Wright is a senior partner at Dickinson Dees. Regional policy is as much of a hot topic in the North East as anywhere else in the […]

In brief: Quality assurance rating for legal dept

City of Westminster Council’s legal department has become the first local authority legal service in England to be awarded the Lloyd’s Register quality assurance ISO 9002 accreditation.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 2/6/98

Peter George Wright, solicitor’s clerk of Bell Close, Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire, employed at material time by Good Fennemore, Central Milton Keynes, banned from further employment by any solicitor without the written consent of the Law Society and ordered to pay costs of £845. Allegation substantiated that he had been convicted on 16 January 1997 at […]

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