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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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Callaghans loses family law partner to TWM

Surrey firm Triggs Wilkinson Mann (TWM) has expanded its private client practice with the hire of a family law partner and assistant from Callaghans in Guildford. Partner Karin Walker will be based at TWM‘s Tunsgate office in Guildford. She rejoins her former assistant Demelza Nicholas, who recently joined TWM from Callaghans. Walker is understood to […]

2 Hare Court prepares for future law firm merger

Fraud and crime specialist set 2 Hare Court has taken the first steps to prepare itself for a future merger with a law firm. The set has appointed a chambers director as part of the financial restructuring plans that it believes may be necessary for establishing formal ties with a firm of solicitors.Although the chambers […]

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I must take issue with your assertion that Nottingham Law School (NLS) is “technically part of Nottingham Trent, but culturally independent” (Leader, 15 October). In fact, we are one of nine faculties at the university covering every aspect of legal education, undergraduate and postgraduate, with a strong commitment to research. It is part of our […]

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As a result of the horrific events of 11 Sept-ember, the global political landscape changed within the course of 24 hours Things in Northern Ireland regarding old political certainties, however, move at an altogether slower rate. While the world waits to see how the picture will look after the dust settles, the pace of political […]

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