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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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Colombia. On the wrong side of political justice

COLOMBIAN human rights lawyer Luis Perez thought he was safe. Death threats last year forced him to move his pregnant wife and young son to a secret location outside Bogota. He even stopped defending political prisoners and families of the tortured, murdered and disappeared. But it wasn’t enough. Colombia’s paramilitary death squads run a wide […]

The International Libel Handbook – a practical guide for journalists

In his foreword, Ian Hargreaves talks about “fair business risk” and here we are looking at a newspaper’s approach to libel rather than a book or magazine publisher’s. But all publishers have to insure themselves. And a libel underwriter is not interested in “fair business risk”, but whether publication would be a fair insurance risk. […]

Business booms in Bristol

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has doubled the value of its commercial deals to a record £500 million over the last 12 months, claiming the upward trend reflects the growing demand for professional services in the city. Corporate partner David Marsh said there was “no shortage” of deals in 1994, with a strong start to 1995. […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/12/95

Alexander George Mitchell, admitted 1985, struck off in April 1989, re-admitted to Roll. Mitchell struck off after allegations substantiated he misappropriated money from estate of deceased client, wrongly drew and used client money, failed to account to partners for work done by him on behalf of partnership. At time of striking off Mitchell was salaried […]

When is a terrorist no longer a terrorist?

As the peace process continues in Northern Ireland the High Court is set to examine the position of jailed terrorists seeking parole. Five convicted IRA terrorists, currently serving life sentences have won the right to mount a High Court challenge over what they claim are “irrational and unreasonable” delays in the hearing of their parole […]

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