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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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Clyde & Co strengthens Brazilian links

International law firm Clyde & Co has formed official links with Rio de Janeiro firm Prates & Carneiro to coincide with the return of its partner in Venezuela to the London office. Stirling Leech has been based in Brazil and Venezuela since 1990 and will continue to be responsible for the firm’s South and Central […]

Conference Highlights

21 October Freedom of information – privacy versus freedom of the press. Are some crimes so horrible that the interests of the victims and their families outweigh the freedom of the press to inform the public of all the details involved? Art and cultural property law – should there be limits on visual art and […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 15/1096

Staying criminal proceedings in Maxwell case R v Maxwell (1996). CCC (Buckley J) Summary: Principal factors determining the court’s decision to stay further proceedings against the defendants in the Maxwell trial. Application by the defendants to stay further proceedings on an indictment. On 19 January, 1996 the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty in […]

Web site opens door to user feedback with personalised forms

Media law firm The Simkins Partnership has set up a web site with what are believed to be the first personalised partner feedback forms. The forms lets users contact partners personally by e-mail, allowing them to ask specialist partners for more detailed information about topics of interest. The site includes a ‘Hot News’ page detailing […]

Customs lawyer finds City niche

A former Customs and Excise gamekeeper has turned poacher by forming his own niche practice in the City. Adrian Shryane, who for three years was one of 50 HM Customs and Excise legal advisers in its headquarters near Blackfriars, has been running Enforcement Response since he left in 1993. The company specialises in publishing and […]

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