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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 […]

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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 […]

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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…

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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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Lord Hailsham, A Life by Geoffrey Lewis. This authorised biography gets its first outing in paperback this week and reveals how times have changed at the Lord Chancellor’s Department since Lord Hailsham’s day. The apartments, which have been lavishly redecorated by the current incumbent, are described as “austere” while the post of Lord Chancellor was […]

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The problem for employers of protecting employees from workplace bullies has been highlighted by the recent action brought by Anthony Ratcliffe, the deputy head teacher who claimed he was bullied by colleagues to the point of a mental breakdown. Ratcliffe accepted £101,028 in an out-of-court settlement after instituting proceedings in the High Court. The principles […]

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