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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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High stakes in a global game

Only a handful of law firms have the ability and resources to chase international project business reports Mary Heaney Only a small number of top international law firms are in the running for the major international project finance projects which are appearing across the globe. The firms which feature in most of the major financings […]

Notts school gives advice to nurses

The centre for health at Nottingham Law School is running a series of seminars and workshops designed to teach medical staff how to reduce the risk of negligence in the operating theatre. The courses, aimed at theatre nurses and operating department assistants, come as claims for compensation in medical and nursing negligence cases reach a […]

Guy Harvey questions a ban on prisoner visits to lawyers' offices

“Must try harder” could be seen by many as the mid-term report on beleaguered Home Secretary Michael Howard. However, in the view of this solicitor he has recently tried a little too hard in one respect. Last November the Home Secretary issued the innocuous sounding ‘Instruction to Governors Number 70 of 94’ which said: “Prisoners […]

Royal appointment for ex-Ferranti head

ROYAL Insurance has appointed former Ferranti lawyer Robert Dunkley to head its in-house team. Dunkley will be based in the company’s Liverpool office from where he will also oversee the Royal’s London lawyers. Former Royal legal head Graham Jones has joined Norwich Union and the insurers have recruited Allen & Overy’s Nick Gibbon on secondment […]

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