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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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In brief: Pensions group appoints new chair

The Association of Pension Lawyers has appointed a Freshfields partner as its new chair for a two-year term. Ken Dierden has been a member of the main committee of APL for six years and was previously chair of its legislative and parliamentary sub committee. He was elected to his new post at the association AGM […]

IT is regions' secret weapon

Linda Tsang reports SOPHISTICATED IT systems are forming part of an arsenal of weapons enabling regional practices to compete with their City counterparts. Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson recently demonstrated the benefits of its newly-installed document management system at a presentation attended by the firm’s clients and intermediaries. These included representatives from Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG […]

UN mounts second offensive on NI human rights record

THE UK Government faces a renewed United Nations attack on its human rights record in Northern Ireland following new evidence from solicitors of threats and psychological and physical abuse against suspects in detention. Solicitors claim police abuse of suspects is continuing despite the year-old cease-fire. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) gave its views to […]

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Technology is not only revolutionising business it is also leading to new types of crime. Stephen Dooley, computer lawyer at Oxford firm Morrell Peel & Gamelen cites the example of an American man who was charged with grievous bodily harm for leaving harmful messages on somebody else’s answer machine. Dooley is one of the few […]

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