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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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A loss of balance on the bench

The recent release from jail by High Court Family Division President, Sir Stephen Brown, of a father sentenced by magistrates to six weeks for falling behind on maintenance payments has raised serious concerns about the tendency of lay magistrates to take excessive action in family cases. David Burrows, the Bristol-based specialist family law solicitor who […]

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Leading light jailed for fraud

A FORMER Richards Butler solicitor who campaigned for two prominent young solicitors’ groups has been imprisoned for 18 months and struck off the solicitors’ roll after he stole more than £160,000 of clients’ money to support his gambling addiction. David Edwards, who worked at committee level in the European Young Bar Association and Young London […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 19/11/96

Damages claim for pregnancy after vasectomy Goodwill v British Pregnancy Advisory Service (1996) Court: CA (Peter Gibson LJ and Thorpe LJ) 17/1/96 Summary: Claim by mature woman for unwanted pregnancy made three years after birth and alleged to arise from a negligent vasectomy on the woman’s sexual partner three years before she met him.

On the frontline of back injury

Back injury is now the number one occupational health hazard in nursing. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) currently has around 700 claims in the pipeline. While claims used to be largely confined to nurses handling patients in hospitals, recent changes have increased care in the community. This has led to a wider range of […]

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