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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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THE HIGH Court has dismissed an order requested by the Serious Fraud Office to suspend reporting on Mirror Group pension fund litigation. Patrick Stewart, partner of Swepstone Walsh, says the SFO applied for an order to postpone reporting on civil litigation until after the criminal proceedings involving Kevin and Ian Maxwell are over. Stewart says […]

Lebanon and UK law socs sign treaty

LINKS between lawyers in Britain and the Middle East are expected to improve as a result of an agreement of friendship signed by the two countries last week. The historic document, signed in Lebanon by the Law Society, the Beirut Bar Association and the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC), follows a cross-border conference held […]

In brief: Cumming to chair NE legal aid committee

Lupton Fawcett’s senior partner Anthony Cumming has been appointed chair of the North Eastern legal aid area committee. Cumming, who is a personal injury specialist at the firm’s Leeds office, says: “It is an honour to be entrusted with the responsibility.”

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Management expert tells firms 'grow to prosper'

NINETY-THREE per cent of the top 300 stock exchange quoted companies use a top 10 law firm for their major corporate work. The figure was revealed by management consultant Alan Hodgart at a recent marketing conference when he warned corporate commercial law firms they needed to grow to prosper. Hodgart, director of Hodgart Temporal & […]

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