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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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In brief: Auditor general airs doubts on legal aid

The comptroller and auditor general Sir John Bourn has qualified his opinion on the Lord Chancellor’s Department account for criminal legal aid for the fifth year running. The National Audit Office said although there had been large improvements, in 1995-96 there were still wide variations in performance between individual magistrates’ courts which grant criminal legal […]

Human rights party makes fact-finding trip to Kenya

A delegation of three solicitors representing the Law Society’s international human rights working party has returned from a six-day mission to Kenya in support of the country’s law society. The visit was prompted following a request by the Law Society of Kenya for assistance in the face of a “great attack” against the “independence of […]

Guide by Trowers

London firm Trowers & Hamlins has produced a guide on the new provisions relating to contaminated land liabilities in the Environment Act 1995. Copies are available free of charge from: Trowers & Hamlins, 6 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3RP.

A la recherche des agents

As in other jurisdictions, private detectives in France are generally in charge of collecting, with maximum discretion, information for their clients to use as evidence during criminal or civil litigation work. However, compared to his or her US counterpart, the means of investigation available to a French private research agent, un agent prive de recherches, […]

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