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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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Allen & Overy conducts fraud probe for TI Group

Allen & Overy is investigating allegations of fraud involving its corporate client, engineering and aerospace company TI Group. The claims arose in the US and appear to be backed by the US Government. Litigation partner Tim House and two assistants from the firm are being instructed by TI Group legal director Stephen Clarke to look […]

In brief: Survey investigates solicitors' attitudes

Training and career consultants Lawyers in Mind is putting together a major survey on the attitudes of solicitors in private practice. It will ask lawyers about their feelings about their work, towards clients and what affects their morale and motivation. Anyone wishing to complete the survey can contact Stella Abrahams on 0171 583 0283.

Butner wins Harpers libel action

TOP divorce lawyer Paul Butner and society magazine Harpers and Queen have settled a libel action over an article which said he had been dropped as Princess Diana’s legal adviser on matrimonial affairs because he “lacked the necessary competence and skills”. In the High Court last week, Mr Justice Drake was told that Butner, partner […]

WHAT THE COURTS DO

Shipping disputes concerning charter-parties and bills of lading are the main types of work of the court but it also deals with disputes in insurance and reinsurance, banking and international sales of goods. More general commercial disputes such as agency and distributorship contracts and joint trading ventures also fall within the Court’s ambit as does […]

Couderts picks up ex-Lovells lawyer

Coudert Brothers has hired an ex-Lovell White Durrant partner to head its funds practice. Alasdair Gordon has not got partnership status at the firm but, says Steven Beharrell, head of the London practice, he will be considered for partnership at a later date. A Lovells spokeswoman says Gordon left the firm in December “by mutual […]

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