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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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Electronic info fair set to visit six cities

AN ELECTRONIC legal information fair sets out next week on a tour of six cities. Manchester is the first port of call for the fair, which is being organised by the CTI Law Technology Centre based at the University of Warwick. It will also visit Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and London. The aim of the […]

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With the Olympic flame extinguished in Atlanta, attention has turned to preparations for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad to be held in Sydney in 2000. Inevitably, questions are being asked as to whether the facilities will be ready. SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Games) firmly believes they will be. In the meantime, […]

NW firm in buyout spree

A TAKEOVER and forthcoming acquisition means Stockport firm Gorvin Kenyon can call itself the largest practice operating solely in Stockport. The firm completed a takeover of Bell Hough & Hamnett last month and is now acquiring Stockport firm O’Neill & Co. It now has five partners and two consultants. Ian Cook, a partner at Bell […]

Report looks at duties to the disabled

Further education colleges and government agencies are risking court action because of ignorance of their legal duties towards students with disabilities and learning difficulties, according to Beachcroft Stanley’s education unit. The City firm has been commissioned to write a report, Duties and Powers, on the laws governing provision of further education to people with learning […]

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