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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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Who's who in the Maxwell trial

Grania Langdon-Down asks veteran court reporters for their impressions of the stars in the Maxwell trial legal cast list The high-profile, but so far low-key Maxwell trial has inevitably attracted the premier league of white collar crime legal experts. Now into the second month of the estimated six month long trial, veteran court reporters who […]

In brief: Family law expert talks on divorce reforms

Family law solicitor Richard Sax, past chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association, will speak on the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for divorce law reform following the annual general meeting of the London Marriage Guidance Council this week. His address – ‘Divorce law reform: good or bad?’ – will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday at […]

Solicitor advocates await green light to apply for silk

SOLICITOR advocates are set to be given the go ahead to apply for silk by the Lord Chancellor. The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates has written to the Lord Chancellor with details of 12 solicitors who have 10 or more years advocacy experience in the High Court. The group says the Lord Chancellor promised […]

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