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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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Bella appoints Scottish solicitor in advisory role

SCOTTISH solicitor Iain Taylor has been appointed chair of the British Law Association for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Bella). Taylor, a partner at Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, succeeds Michael Fysh QC who stepped down last year because of increasing work commitments at his 8 New Square chambers. Established in 1992, the organisation aims […]

Lawyers unite on problem Act

THE LAW Society is to meet with the Home Office to discuss its anxieties over “loopholes” in the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The society will join representatives from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Bar Council, Magistrates’ Association and Justices’ Clerks Society at the Home Office meeting. The concerns […]

Ombudsman pulls up Barnet over summons

Tim Miller reports BARNET Borough Council has come under fire from the Local Government Ombudsman after a poll tax court summons was sent to a resident’s work address. The complainant worked in the finance department of another local authority and the summons was seen by his manager who was the Community Charge Registration Officer. The […]

A healthy interest

Solicitors are no longer required to confine themselves to giving purely legal advice. The message the profession is receiving from its clients is that solicitors are expected to take a commercial approach to their work, in some instances offering commercial advice and always having a clear understanding of clients’ commercial goals. This includes the developing […]

MoD procurement appeal

Reserved judgment is expected to be given soon by the Court of Appeal in the case of Gordon Foxley who was jailed last year for four years for corruption. Foxley, 69, has appealed against his conviction on 12 charges of corruption while he was head of ammunition procurement at the Ministry of Defence.

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