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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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BLA plans Regis complaint

The British Legal Association is poised to make an official complaint to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors alleging mishandling of the Regis project. As The Lawyer went to press it was understood that the BLA was finishing the complaint, expected to be filed this week. It is also understood that it will pick […]

Survey reveals extent of Aids legal work

The Law Society has refused to authorise a further £95,000 investment in the High Street Starter Kit (HSSK), saying its council must be given the chance to decide on the future of the project first. The council was to discuss the future of the HSSK – one of Law Society president Tony Girling’s flagship projects […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: John Hendy QC

Born in London on 11 April 1948, John Hendy QC is now a barrister at Old Square Chambers. What was your first job? Butcher’s delivery boy, aged 15. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £30 for failing to get a cabbie off a passing-a-red-light charge at East Ham Magistrates Court. What would […]

Audience ruling results in uproar

EMPLOYED solicitors from the CPS and the commercial sector have expressed dismay at Lord Mackay and the four senior designated judges’ decision to severely restrict higher court rights of audience for employed solicitors. Last week Mackay and the four judges ruled that employed solicitors could only appear in the High Court and Crown Courts for […]

Judgement day for barristers

The new Bar Council complaints system is as complex as it is controversial. Scheduled for an April launch, the scheme faces the difficult task of keeping both the public and barristers happy. And the Bar Council anticipates that the publicity surrounding the setting up of the system means it will be inundated with complaints. At […]

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