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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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Case of the week

Eleven years after the death of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough disaster, a jury has failed to reach a decision on whether the senior police chief in charge of the crowd was responsible for the tragedy. David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent was charged with manslaughter. Alun Jones QC, prosecuting, failed […]

Measuring the judgement

As a frequent attendee at court, I am astonished at the inaccuracies that occur when metres are converted to yards, and vice versa, mainly during motoring offence hearings. These inaccuracies would appear to be occurring within a (middle-aged) group who were educated in imperial units rather than metric, but as these mistakes might have an […]

Arnold & Porter boosts IT team with niche firm

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is bulking up its Los Angeles-based intellectual property and technology practice by adding another team of lawyers. At the beginning of this month the firm gained 12 lawyers when it acquired niche law firm Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt (The Lawyer, 3 July). It is now taking on another […]

Scuffle of the week

Channel Islands v European Union. A proposal by the European Union to create a system to exchange information between tax collectors and bankers has been angrily refused by the governing parties of the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. The islands, regarded as a tax haven for the rich, have vowed to resist any efforts made […]

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