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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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Penningtons loses office as partners choose to go it alone

THE BREAKAWAY of the Bournemouth offshoot of the London and Home Counties firm Penningtons was confirmed last week when it relaunched as a separate practice under the name Fynn & Partners. Months of negotiations ended with senior partner Lionel Fynn and five other partners beginning as a specialist practice in environmental, licensing and planning law […]

Bill Barton says new rules will put a stop to cowboy builders

New regulations are being introduced governing the conduct of construction on sites in the UK. This follows the implementation of the EC Directive (92/57/EEC) relating to temporary or mobile construction, which came into force on 31 March 1995. The regulations result from the Health and Safety Commission’s desire to improve safety on sites in the […]

Litigation Writs 18/07/95

A heart patient from Havant, Hampshire, who claims he was given blood contaminated with hepatitis during heart surgery, is taking Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority and Wessex Regional Health Authority to the High Court. Victor Harris’ writ says he underwent heart surgery and treatment at Southampton General Hospital between 20 March and 2 […]

Bloomfielde berates society

LAW Society honorary auditor Leonard Bloomfield has fired a colourful broadside at Chancery Lane, raising fears that local societies are daring to debate issues like poverty. In the annual report, Bloomfield appears outraged that seminars by an office he investigated had titles like ‘Social law and the relief of poverty’. “The society’s assets and other […]

Father and son return to the family practice

A FATHER and son team of commercial law partners are returning to the firm which bears their family name. Peter Halliwell and his son Mark are leaving Lace Mawer to join Manchester neighbours Halliwell Landau. Halliwell senior founded the Halliwell Landau practice more than 20 years ago; his son joined him and completed his articles […]

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