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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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MP defends LCD grant shortfall for magistrates

JONATHAN Evans MP, the new Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, has given a controversial description of magistrates courts service funding. “In spite of the very heavy pressure on running costs, we have managed to maintain the current grant at its baseline level,” Evans told delegates at the annual conference of the Central Council […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/09/95

ROGER TYRONE SINCLAIR, 43, admitted 1976, practised as Sinclairs, Canterbury, Kent, struck off. Allegations substantiated that he failed to maintain properly written books, wrongly withdrew client money, failed to pay client funds into a client account, used funds belonging to the Legal Aid Board for his own purposes and gave false and misleading information to […]

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In brief: Anglia Poly addresses profession's future

Legal affairs spokesmen for the three main political parties will discuss future prospects for the legal profession in a debate at Anglia Polytechnic University at 6.30pm on Thursday. Chaired by Dr John White, head of Anglia Law School, the debate will look at the policies of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats and question […]

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