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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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CEDR founder returns for three-month secondment

LOVELL White Durrant’s former joint managing partner Charles Dodson is being seconded to the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR). Dodson, who set up Lovell’s Chicago office this summer, will spend around three months with the leading ADR (alternative dispute resolution) body he helped found five years ago. Karl Mackie, CEDR chief executive, said the centre […]

Firm leads the way in finance deals for housing

TROWERS & Hamlins is celebrating the achievement of an impressive stranglehold on the public housing market after helping a housing association raise £105 million in the largest venture of its kind. The firm says it has now helped the housing movement raise £5 billion of private finance, amounting to more than 60 per cent of […]

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Maitland-Walker v Seventh Dial and Mothercare UK – QBD 20 November 199Claimant: Oliver Maitland-Walker, 7 Accident: Serious burns after ‘Moses Basket’ supposed to be fireproof was set alight when child’s sister dropped lighted match into it Injuries: Claimant received extensive burns to head, face, shoulders and arms; total burns covered around 30 per cent of […]

In brief: Betesh Fox ups office space by 50 per cent

Manchester law firm Betesh Fox has increased its office space by more than 50 per cent after buying two three-storey units. The extra 16,000 feet are in the Ralli Courts office complex in the West Riverside area of the city. The space will be filled by February next year with the overspill from the original […]

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