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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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Commercial law's morning after pill

After-the-event insurance is already being linked to conditional fees cases but litigators are ignoring its potential in commercial law, argues Bernard Clarke. Bernard Clarke is underwriting director of First Legal Indemnity. As a retrospective safeguard policy, after-the-event insurance has been likened to a legal morning after pill. But litigators have proved shy to catch on […]

All work and no fair play

The Fairness at Work proposals highlight much-needed changes to working life. Mattheu Swallow asks: Just how effective will they be? With a swathe of new, pending and proposed legislation on its way, employment law is changing rapidly. Before you have even had a chance to work out whether taking your client to Saturday’s football match […]

LCD caves in to strike threat by court union

The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has bowed to union demands at Bromley County Court for more funding after staff there unanimously voted in favour of strike action. Following intensive negotiations, the LCD agreed last week to an emergency package of measures with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) to deal with staff shortages and […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Susan Thackeray

Susan Thackeray was born in Hertfordshire in 1963. She is a solicitor in the commercial litigation department at Russell Jones & Walker. What was your first job? Girl Friday (on a Saturday) at Handy’s Building Supplies. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £14,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t been […]

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