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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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Handle with care: court cameras

While many see US court coverage as reason enough to ban cameras in court, Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam says the opposite is true. Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam is a non-practicing barrister. Louise Woodward has returned to our national lexicon with the Supreme Court of Massachusetts upholding the decision of Judge Hiller B Zoebel. We all have an opinion as […]

Addleshaws loses head of corporate

ADDLESHAW Booth & Co’s highly rated corporate finance team has lost department head Andrew Needham, who is setting up his own firm. Needham – widely seen as a leading corporate finance lawyer in the North West – is co-founding DataGroup, an IT services group. DataGroup plans, with backing from Schroder Ventures, to become a £150m […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 30/6/98

Request by television interviewee for injunctions Robert Bunn v (1) British Broadcasting Corporation (2) Victor Gollancz Ltd (1998) Ch.D (Lightman J) 19/6/9The plaintiff applied ex parte but on notice to the defendants for injunctions. The first was to restrain the first defendant, “the BBC’, from including in a television broadcast, any material contained in an […]

Red card for Halliwell Landau soccer trip

MANCHESTER firm Halliwell Landau was forced to call off a corporate hospitality trip to Friday’s crunch England/Colombia World Cup game, after chartering a plane for what is believed to be £5000. Corporate partner Clive Garston had invited 18 Manchester businessmen to the game. The agency through which it booked tickets – Great Portland Entertainment – […]

New IT systems require trained users

New IT requires investment in training to maximise its potential, a fact lawyers have yet to grasp, says Graham Scrivener. Graham Scrivener is sales and marketing director for Tuition Computer Training. COMPARED to other businesses the legal profession has traditionally taken a very considered approach to new technology. While the financial and retail industries, for […]

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