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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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Manches & Co advised two mineral exploration companies – Pan-Andean Resources and African Gold – on flotation to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Both companies used the transitional provisions to go to AIM, after the Stock Exchange Rule 4.2 was abolished recently.

Litigation Personal Injury 05/12/95

Clark v Newham Health Authority – QBD 20 November 1995 Claimant: Caroline Clark Accident: Medical negligence at birth Injuries: Cerebral palsy resulting from blunder at birth Award: £895,000 (agreed damages) Judge: Mr Justice Waterhouse Plaintiff’s solicitors: Kingsley Napley, London Defendant’s solicitors: Wiseman Lee Douse v Smith – QBD 16 November 1995 Claimant: Michael Douse, 2Accident: […]

Lovells partner goes to Guinness

CITY firm Lovell White Durrant has lost a partner to clients Guinness. David Harlock, a partner at Lovells since 1992, will join Guinness in February next year, where he will be responsible for all the property work, some general commercial work and managing relationships with external legal advisers. “I have been doing property work for […]

Bar tackles property division

THE PROPERTY rights problems faced by unmarried cohabitants on the break-up of relationships have been highlighted by the Chancery Bar Association. At a workshop in Lincoln’s Inn, members of the association attacked the current law relating to homesharing. The session was organised by the group as its contribution to a review of the law being […]

Fixer makes way for family man

THE PRIME MINISTER announced the appointment of a new parliamentary secretary to the Lord Chancellor’s Department on the eve of the controversial Family Law Bill’s second reading. Jonathan Evans, MP for Brecon and Radnor, is stepping into his role at a stormy time for the department. Listing “family law” as one of his political interests, […]

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