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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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Barrister duo appeal after wasted costs are ordered

‘Improper’ allegations about Big Break creator leave barristers facing payout; case to go to the Lords A leading silk and a junior counsel face a wasted costs order for making “improper” allegations of fraud against one of the creators of TV snooker gameshow Big Break.Bernard Weatherill QC, of Enterprise Chambers, and Josephine Hayes, of Gough […]

Eversheds instructed by Comet

Eversheds has beaten off competition from at least three law firms to be appointed as the sole adviser on employment for electrical goods retailer Comet Group The firm was invited to pitch despite the employment group having no previous relationship with Comet. Partners Owen Warnock and Peter Norbury led the pitch and have since set […]

Wise counsel

Last Wednesday was the day for all the new Queen’s Counsel to take silk, and what a day it was too. Typically, pandemonium reigned, with clerks rushing around madly, barristers all aflutter, and battles over transport. The sheer weight of numbers forced one set to resort to taxis while another opted for a ‘pimp mobile’ […]

Davenport Lyons loses property chief to TJG

Davenport Lyons head of property dispute resolution Jonathan Aubrey is moving to Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) He replaces TJG’s current head of the property disputes group Garry Turkie, who is leaving the firm.Aubrey’s move will come as a dent to the practice as he is Davenport Lyons’ only partner specialising in property litigation, although there […]

Date set for International Criminal Court inception

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is poised to become a reality The International Criminal Court (ICC) is poised to become a reality, with the statute underpinning its legality coming into force on 1 July next year following the anticipated ratification of the court’s Rome treaty by at least 60 of the countries that signed the […]

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