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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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Appeal against break clauses

A High Court ruling that notices given under break clauses in respect of two leased properties in Northampton were valid, is to be challenged in the Court of Appeal. The case will centre on the status of successors to tenants when it comes to using break clauses. In May last year, Mr Justice Rattee ruled […]

Success fees set to soar

Lawyers can expect a massive hike in success fees as a result of government plans to include them in the costs paid by losing defendants, according to leading personal injury lawyer Martyn Day. Speaking at the first Institute of Barristers’ Clerks conference, held on 18 July, Day predicted the reform, which seems likely to be […]

Cleared ex-B&C director slams Treasury Solicitors and DTI

The Treasury Solicitor’s department has come under fire for its handling of disqualification proceedings it brought against John Gunn, the former chairman of collapsed company British & Commonwealth (B&C). Gunn was last month cleared in court of any wrongdoing and is now seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds of costs from the Department of Trade […]

Focus: Art in the Office The art of legal practice

As more lawyers jazz up the office and wow their clients with artwork, Linda Tsang investigates the buying game. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. Visitors to the art gallery of Holborn firm Collyer-Bristow will be met this month by a dancing nude woman and a large chicken. Fowl Play, a picture by Claire Burbridge, […]

Counsellor granted challenge

Former Portsmouth councillor Terence Gregory, who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but who was later cleared of those allegations, has won the right to continue with a legal battle for the right to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation. The Lawyer, 14 July, […]

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