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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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LawSoc to hear super watchdog plan

THE president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants is to call for the introduction of an independent super watchdog to police the regulation of all the professions at a private Law Society conference held this week. Chris Swinson is to outline his controversial plan at a special Law Society brainstorming session on regulation on Friday […]

Pubs face the music over noise pollution

An appeal against a noise abatement notice will question the weight given to sound-proofing in pubs, reports Roger Pearson A Gosport pub is at the centre of a pending test case over procedures to be followed by courts dealing with complaints of noise nuisance. The Court of Appeal has given Surrey Free Inns leave to […]

In brief: Bar Council launches guide to European law

The Bar Council launched its new guide to European law The Practitioners Handbook of EC Law last week at a reception in at the Old Hall in Lincoln’s Inn. The handbook is to be provided free to every practising barrister.

Booth forces Bar Council to back down over suspensions

LEGAL advice from Cherie Booth QC has forced the Bar Council into an embarrassing climbdown over its plans to suspend barristers who have requalified as solicitors. About 400 dual-qualified barristers were suspended on 1 May and told they must refer to themselves as “suspended from practice as a barrister as a result of becoming qualified […]

Law Society elections

The results of the Law Society elections will be announced next Monday (13 July). The elections haven’t exactly caught the imagination of the legal profession, but for the participants the run-up to the results will be nail biting. Nobody has the faintest idea who will win but, for what it’s worth, this is The Lawyer’s […]

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