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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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David Owens on judicial reviews in Health Service litigation

The past year has seen significant growth in a new area of litigation for Health Service bodies. In addition to the burdens of allegations of clinical negligence and the consequential litigation, there are a number of new types of challenge being brought by way of judicial review. One aspect of this has been the rising […]

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Public law is the new rock 'n' roll

Whether it is freeing dogs held under the Dangerous Dogs Act or trying to get citizenship for the Fayeds, it seems that public law – and judicial review, in particular – is, in legal terms, the new rock and roll. As in other areas of law, there is a certain cross-over and blurring of the […]

Bar working party opts for greater democracy

THE BAR Council looks set to give up its constitutional independence from the profession following a democracy working party’s conclusion that it should obey the results of national ballots of barristers. The working party, chaired by treasurer Michael Blair, also concluded that Bar Council proposals to significantly change its constitution or code of conduct must […]

Telephone answers

Arena Publishing is offering a free guide to buying telephone systems to potential purchasers. The guide includes an introduction to different telephone systems, a how-to-buy checklist, a glossary and a list of supplier details. A preview of the guide can be found on the Internet at http://www.arena-pub.co.uk/ arena/. For a free copy call 01732 458202.

In brief: Forensic expert joins Manchester firm

Manchester firm Pannone & Partners has recruited a former detective chief inspector to its forensic and corporate defence department. Gordon Evans, 53, will be actively involved in white-collar fraud defence work. The firm said that Evans’ experience would strengthen its forensic arm, which specialises in the protection of clients’ interests in crime, tax and regulatory […]

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