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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: Simmons sets up IP practice in New York

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Solicitors indemnity fund: Troubled indemnity

Graham Balchin says it is time SIF looked at its own claims handling record. Graham Balchin is head of the professional negligence department at Bolt Burdon. Much has been written in recent weeks about the future of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) and the extraordinary u450m shortfall of the current year. Discussion has centred on […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 28/10/97

Prolonging litigation puts costs at risk Sugar v (1) Venables (2) Michael Joseph (1997) Court: CA (Simon Brown LJ, Schiemann LJ, Robert Walker LJ) 17/10/9Appearances: Michael Beloff QC and Victoria Sharp instructed by Herbert Smith for the appellant. James Price QC instructed by Clifford Chance for the respondent. Summary: A plaintiff who had prolonged litigation […]

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Judgment is pending in the High Court battle between the Swiss chocolate industry and UK chocolate giant, Cadbury. The action, an unusual one which could have wide implications for the industry, involves Suchard, Lindt and the Swiss chocolate industrys trade association Chocosuisse on one side, and Cadbury on the other. The Swiss accuse Cadbury of […]

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