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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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Court qualifies solicitor's privilege

Roger Pearson looks at how a woman’s libel action is challenging a solicitor’s right to protection over correspondence. A recent Court of Appeal action will remind those in the legal profession of the risks of defamation proceedings being taken against them for claims made in their correspondence. The action centres on a couple who had […]

Firms woo experts to boost IT strategies

NORTON Rose head of IT Brian Powell is to leave the firm to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The move is the latest in a rash of IT appointments among the larger commercial firms and coincides with Cameron McKenna’s appointment of a new director of IT, Phillip Rooke, currently IT director at Hay Management Consultants. […]

In brief: Miners group wins lung disease case

Hugh James, of Cardiff, and Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell are celebrating last Friday’s test case victory of a group of miners who blamed British Coal for their lung diseases. Mr Justice Turner described the cases as ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and thousands more miners are now expected to bring claims.

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Hughes Watton acted for Superdrug on taking a lease of approximately 75,000 sq ft in Oxford Street at an annual rental of £2.5m from Littlewoods, advised by Davies Wallis Foyster. Hughes Watton also advised Superdrug on sub-underletting 50,000 sq ft to Books Etc, guaranteed by its parent company Borders. Both Books Etc and Borders were […]

Firms act on milk substitutes abuses

FIRMS from seven countries including the UK have formed a research group in a bid to tackle abuses of the international code which regulates the marketing of breast milk substitutes in developing countries. Liverpool firm Ross & Co is the UK representative in the group which also contains firms from the US, India, Bangladesh, the […]

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