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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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Fraud proposals get mixed reception

Top City crime lawyers have attacked a Law Commission proposal to remove the need to prove dishonesty in deception cases. As predicted in The Lawyer (5 April), the commission’s consultation paper proposes sweeping changes to the fraud laws in the light of new technology Although most proposals are welcomed – particularly those suggesting a tightening […]

Drummer's stud wrangle

Multi-millionaire and Rolling Stone’s drummer Charlie Watts is heading to the High Court in a battle with two employees of his u3m Devon stud farm. Watts is suing Paul and Joan Atkinson, who have been employed to work at his 100-acre Halsdon Farm estate at Winkleigh, Devon, for the past eight years. In his writ […]

Camerons insolvency trio quits

CAMERON McKenna has lost one partner and two associates from its insolvency department to Bristol-based Bond Pearce. Former Cameron McKenna partner Trevor Fox starts at Bond Pearce on Tuesday. He brings with him two associate insolvency lawyers, Matthew Hartley and Sheila Norman. Fox says: “Bond Pearce has a very strong reputation in the South and […]

Legal aid is not the only way

It is hugely misleading to claim the CBE cases (The Lawyer, 19 April) would not have succeeded if it were not for legal aid when five of the eight lead cases were funded by the union Nacods. Anyone who thinks Nacods would not have proceeded with the case is almost certainly wrong. The truth is […]

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