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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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Juniors worth employing

Juniors of the employment Bar earn high praise from those who instruct them. Again it is 11 King’s Bench Walk that sweeps the board. SeAn Jones is “very highly thought of”, particularly on discrimination matters. On the “flamboyant” side is Jonathan Swift who, with his “bizarre shirts”, is a bit of a showman but is […]

Chambers must look to recruitment

Observers and leading members of the Bar are failing to address key issues, writes Stephen Graham. Stephen Graham is chairman of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and senior clerk at 4 Breams Buildings. Last Wednesday at the Inner Temple Hall, accountants and marketing consultants BDO Stoy Hayward presented their Report on Survey of Barristers’ Chambers. […]

In brief: Barnet County Court appoints circuit judge

John Adams, former Registrar of Civil Appeals, has been appointed circuit judge at Barnet County Court. Adams has played a key role in shaping the Court of Civil Appeal since the creation of the Civil Appeals Office in 1982. Prior to that, the day-to-day administration of the Civil Appeal courts was carried out through the […]

Stuck in the middle and blue

While the big firms cream off the profits, medium-sized rivals feel the pinch of a shrinking market. Martyn Robertson and Fiona Westwood outline some practical solutions. Martyn Robertson is an accountant and Fiona Westwood is a solicitor at Glasgow-based management and training consultants Robertson Westwood. Look at the figures in the latest Scottish Law Directory […]

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