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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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Med neg panel's raw deal for firms

There is a fallacy underlying the positions taken by the Law Society and Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA), as described in The Lawyer, 2 June, which is that there is no middle ground between the two. I strongly support the position taken by AVMA, that medical negligence actions should be undertaken only by […]

Biddle makes a splash

Biddle holds its annual water-skiing afternoon for its clients this Friday. They are urged to “bring a wet suit” if they have one. Also on Friday, the Entertainment, Sports and Media Group is hosting a sports seminar at the Law Society. “At the end of the season, we’ll be there or thereabouts… Where will you […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Barbara Cahalane

Barbara Cahalane was born in Dublin in 1959. She is a qualified barrister and director of communications at the Law Society. What was your first job? Peeling hard boiled potatoes for potato salad in a restaurant in Bad St Peter Ording, Germany. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I studied at night […]

Bovis is the first to build on CEDR's adjudication scheme

Construction company Bovis has become the first major company to sign up to the Centre for Dispute Resolution’s adjudication scheme. Bovis’s move was prompted by the latest Construction Act, which compels companies to refer disputes to adjudicators. Its in-house legal team, led by Mark Hedderley, reviewed all the adjudication schemes available, including those of the […]

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