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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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Battle over computers

London practice Harris da Silva is seeking damages from Technology for Business, of Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex and computer manufacturers Acer UK, of High Wycombe, over five Acer 486 DX2-66 computers which it claims had inherent faults.

Morgan Bruce sees the world

INDIA, Europe and the US are among countries being targeted by Welsh firm Morgan Bruce in its efforts to expand its international caseload. The practice, which recently spent £1.2 million on UK growth, has planned a series of contact-building foreign visits for lawyers, including a two-month work placement with the Brussels office of Lafili & […]

Family specialists launch one-stop shop in tune with divorce reforms

THREE major players in the family law arena have quit their practices to form a multidisciplinary matrimonial service offering legal advice, mediation and counselling. Brecher & Co’s Gillian Bishop, David Hodson, of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, and The Simkins Partnership’s Sara Robinson – all heads of family law departments – have set up niche firm, Hodson […]

Mountain out of a molehill

Your article (‘Programme accuses court of self-interest’ 21 November) gives a wholly misleading account of the hearing before the Court of Appeal on 5 May. You report the allegations that “the court refused to hear crucial evidence because of qualms over criticisms of Nicholas Purnell QC’s original defence” and quote Anthony Scrivener QC as saying […]

Unsung heroes

One year on and the ceasefire in Northern Ireland is still intact. Criminal solicitors are adapting their practices to take account of the changes. However, the courage and bravery of Northern Irish solicitors in dealing professionally with their difficult caseload in the past 25 years is seldom acknowledged. The President of the Law Society of […]

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