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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 […]

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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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I am afraid that John Lymbury’s letter which appeared in The Lawyer 27 March evades the real issues. It is precisely because it is “an official Group” that the Sole Practitioners Group cannot accept solicitors who are not members of the Law Society. It is also because it has chosen to be entirely dependent on […]

Bird & Bird strengthens IT line-up

City law firm Bird & Bird has recruited Simon Chalton as a consultant and Hilary Pearson as a partner to boost its IT department Chalton, a former IT consultant with Masons, joins the firm as an adviser on databases, data protection and the developing law of privacy. Pearson, a former partner with Texas law firm […]

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WHITE collar criminals locked up in the Australian state of New South Wales could be forced to pay AUS$50,000 (£22,000) a year for their stay in prison if a law proposed by the state’s premier is passed. In an unprecedented move Bob Carr has announced plans to charge white collar offenders and prisoners jailed for […]

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