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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 9/9/97

Michael Peter Seward, 40, admitted 1982 and Anthony David Lea, admitted 1979, practising at material times as Michael Seward and Co, Warrington and St Helens, respectively fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,049 costs, and £500 with a £1,000 costs order. Allegations substantiated that Seaward wrongly drew and used client account money for his own […]

Govt tells Law Society and Bar to devise vocational loan scheme

THE Law Society and the Bar Council have been asked by the government to draw up proposals for a loan scheme to help budding lawyers fund their vocational training. The move follows a meeting between Bar Council chairman Robert Owen QC, Phillip Sycamore, the president of the Law Society, and Education Minister Kim Howells last […]

Solicitor challenges police

A pending appeal could produce a flood of litigation against doctors who allegedly prescribe the wrong drugs, reports Roger Pearson. The Law Lords are to consider the case of a solicitor who claims she was wrongfully arrested by police. Solicitor Georgina Lois Smith, has won leave to appeal against her failed claim against Wiltshire Police. […]

Litigation Personal Injury 9/9/97

Povey v South Birmingham Health Authority – QBD 25 July 1997 Claimant: Stephen Povey, 49 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claim by widower and two teenage children of 40-year-old woman who died undergoing an operation following the discovery of an aneurysm in main artery at base of skull. Held that consultant neurosurgeon was guilty of negligence […]

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