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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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Knowles to power-share at Dibbs

NIGEL Knowles, the colourful managing partner at Dibb Lupton Alsop, has had some of his responsibilities passed on to a new ‘operations partner’ as part of a management shake-up at the firm. The reorganisation which will also see the departure from the firm of Alsop Wilkinson’s former operational chief Christopher Honeyman-Brown is being viewed by […]

Scottish firm sets up legal lobbying unit

Top-four Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has launched the first legal lobbying unit in Scotland with its three-lawyer division called Saltire Parliamentary Consultants. According to executive director David Nash and an associate with the firm, it will operate as a separate business division within the firm ‘to provide a range of services which are similar […]

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I refer to the article about me and certain colleagues which appeared in The Lawyer, 20 January. It incorrectly stated that I was unmarried. I have in fact been happily married to Pam for almost 10 years and she will be joining me in the Cayman Islands. I am not objecting at all to your […]

Straw attacks immigration firms

THE Government is threatening to chip away another block of the Law Society’s regulatory powers with its proposal to set up a statutory body to regulate immigration lawyers and advisers. The move, announced by the Home Secretary Jack Straw last week, follows the Treasury’s decision to strip the society of its powers to regulate solicitor […]

Army raises defences over alleged racism

A case of major significance over alleged bullying and racial harassment in the armed forces is set to return to the High Court on 30 January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was engaged in a two-day legal offensive last week before Deputy Judge Griffith Williams QC in a bid to block moves by an ex-marine […]

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