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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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The article ‘White & Case to shut Tashkent arm’ which appeared in The Lawyer, 20 January 1998 incorrectly stated that UK firm Cameron McKenna was the only foreign law firm in Tashkent following the decision of White & Case to shut its office in the city. In fact, US firms Le Boeuf Lamb Greene & […]

Gwent courts fall foul of inspectors

GWENT magistrates courts have been criticised by inspectors for providing a ‘generally poor quality of service’ to the public. But the Magistrates Court Committee (MCC) for Gwent has expressed disappointment at the negative tone of the report issued last week by HM Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate. Government inspectors visited Gwent MCC’s courthouses for 11 days […]

Welsh practice wins work on Taiwanese inward investment

UK lawyers are continuing to win work advising Asian inward investors, despite the Asian financial crisis. Welsh firm Morgan Bruce has been appointed to advise Taiwanese computer peripherals manufacturer Acer on buying a factory site in Cardiff. Morgan Bruce’s property partner Robert James, who is leading his firm’s team, said the practice won the appointment […]

Chambers' branding is good on paper

It is not only law firms which are brushing up their image chambers have been updating their look, too, reports Linda Tsang. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. If solicitors are sometimes regarded as being stuffy, then barristers,with their wigs and gowns, are often seen as positively olde worlde. Yet a number of chambers have […]

Bird & Bird's Net innovation puts record company on track

Elizabeth Davidson reports BIRD & Bird partner Mark Haftke has broken new legal ground by drawing up the contracts for a new service on the Web site of George Michael’s record company, Aegean Records. The service allows consumers to buy compact discs by digitally downloading tracks on to either a hard drive or a CD-Rom […]

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