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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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Head of IBA says sorry to Sri Lanka

International Bar Association president Desmond Fernando PC has apologised to the Sri Lankan judiciary after it objected to his attack on the country’s controversial criminal defamation law. Fernando launched his attack after a newspaper editor was convicted of criminal defamation. But his calls for the law to be abolished were condemned by the Sri Lankan […]

Barristers' clerks and practice managers discuss closer ties

Senior barristers’ clerks and practice managers are in exploratory talks about how to set aside old suspicions and bring their two representative organisations closer together. Senior members of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) and Legal Practice Management Association (LPMA) chair Christine Kings, the practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers, have discussed how the two […]

Litigation Personal Injury 5/8/97

Gibbings v Metropolitan Police – QBD 3 July 1997 Claimant: Frank Gibbings Incident: Hearing loss Injuries: Plaintiff, a former police sergeant, has suffered from tinnitus and hypersensitivity to noise for almost a decade since being medically retired from the Metropolitan Police. During his career he took part in firearms training courses and claims this was […]

Improving the risk

Risk management is just one of the tactics firms could use to reduce excess insurance costs, says Leo Schulz. Leo Schulz is a freelance journalist. Spiralling Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) premiums have helped focus the minds of many lawyers on the pitfalls of professional indemnity insurance (PII). In May, the Law Society Council was asked […]

Hammonds' private client lawyers move to Wrigleys

Hammond Suddards’ five private client fee earners and three support staff are to rejoin their former head Richard Archer at the Leeds office of private client practice Wrigleys. Wrigleys – founded by two Dibb Lupton Broomhead partners a year ago when Dibbs closed down its private client practice – hired Archer, a partner at Hammonds […]

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