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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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Bingham attack strikes chord

The legal profession has backed Lord Bingham’s scathing attack on the Home Secretary’s proposed review of the criminal justice system, saying his remarks strike a chord with practitioners and are “extremely welcome”. The Lord Chief Justice last week condemned the current politicisation of reform of the criminal justice system. He also criticised the lack of […]

SFLA predicts bright future

Family lawyers have a bright future as long as they adapt to change, according to David Salter, the new head of the of the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA). Salter, a partner in Addleshaw Booth & Co, took over as SFLA chair at the group’s annual conference last week. The former SFLA vice-chair helped formulate […]

Tactics for surviving into the next millennium

LAW firms will have to hire out their specialist support services such as IT and finance as part of a fundamental change in the way they operate, delegates assembled at a conference in Amsterdam were told last week. Wendy London, managing director of New Zealand law consultancy Infotech, told the Rethinking the Law Firm conference […]

Commercial Bar directory proves an overseas bestseller

MANY of the 3,793 copies of the 1997 edition of The Commercial Bar Association Directory are being distributed abroad, underlining its international popularity. Around 850 copies of the 176-page booklet are destined for continental Europe, 200 for the Far East and 600 to other overseas destinations. Seventy-five copies of the directory have even been printed […]

Ancient canal act rocks the boat

A new Appeal Court ruling has caused major ripples on the waters of Britain’s canals. While raising the hopes of owners of hundreds of miles of canal banks, it has dismayed the British Waterways Board (BWB). The ruling, albeit interlocutory, is viewed as important as far as the rights of owners of land flanking the […]

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