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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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Nick Jones has become a partner at Hammond Suddards in the company’s national employment unit. Jones, who has worked at Hammond Suddards for four years, will join Sue Nickson, head of the national employment unit.

LAB to slash firms' duty solicitor work

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is considering halving the amount of duty solicitor rota work available for non-franchised criminal law firms, in a move likely to outrage criminal law solicitors. The Lawyer understands LAB officials are actively considering plans to give firms with criminal legal aid franchises twice the space on duty solicitor rotas for […]

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Managing director of Oxford United Football Club, solicitor Keith Cox, has accepted “substantial” but undisclosed libel damages in the High Court over allegations in the local press that he had deceived or misled fans. Cox, a partner at Cox Clitheroe, also received a public apology over the article, which appeared on the back page of […]

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