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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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Disappearance of law trainee still a mystery

CITY firm Cameron Markby Hewitt is keeping in close touch with the parents of missing law graduate Johanne Masheder following her disappearance in Thailand. Duncan Aldred, the litigation partner who interviewed 23-year-old Masheder for her training contract at the firm, spoke to The Lawyer on 8 January, the day she was due to start her […]

In brief: LCD cash for marriage preparation pilot

The Government is to fund pilot schemes to prepare couples for marriage in an attempt to reduce divorce figures. The Lord Chancellor’s Department has announced that it will pledge hundreds of thousands of pounds to try out schemes, including marriage preparation projects and counselling sessions for couples who are experiencing problems early on in their […]

In brief: Hull firm wins local airport deal

Hull firm Andrew M Jackson & Co has been appointed to carry out all Humberside International Airport’s legal work, as the airport enters a phase of rapid expansion. The firm was selected from a shortlist to oversee the airport’s £2.5 million development.

AWB aims for regional network

THIS YEAR will see the Association of Women Barristers spreading its wings outside London. The association will be setting up regional groups run along the same lines as those of the Association of Women Solicitors, each with a separate chair and secretary. “There is a growing interest in support and information networks for women barristers […]

Law firms cash in on investment

Law firms are now handling more than £1 billion pounds worth of investment management business, according to research carried out by the Association of Solicitors in Investment Management (Asim). The figures, due to be released on 16 January at the launch of Asim’s directory, reveal a 50 per cent increase on last year’s figures. This […]

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