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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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In brief: Lord Irvine to speak at LAG conference

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine is the keynote speaker at the Legal Action Group and Justice conference – “Legal Aid Making it Work”. Lord Irvine will speak on the Government’s thoughts on legal aid and publicly funded legal services, on Friday, 3 July at Westminster, London. Other speakers at the conference include Mary Marrone, executive […]

Combar votes to examine public direct action plan

THE Commercial Bar Association (Combar) has voted to consider allowing the public direct access to barristers in all non-contentious, as well as some contentious work. But at its AGM on 15 July, the association voted overwhelmingly to ditch an even more radical proposal to allow barristers to ape solicitors by conducting litigation. The proposals were […]

Court makes intentions clear

Irvine pledges to go all the way with audience rights “There are no “no go’ areas in the Government’s determination to modernise our country,” proclaims the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper on rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation. Noting that the 1990 Courts and Legal Services Act has led to only 624 solicitor-advocates in […]

Litigation Writs 30/6/98

Julie Holgate of Staines, Middlesex, has issued a High Court writ accusing doctors DM Bridger, M Salahuddin, Lillian Johnston and Swinglehurst, all of Staines, of negligence between 1983 and March 1995. Writ does not specify the incident giving rise to the claim. Writ issued by Owen White and Catlin, Middlesex. Two women are set for […]

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