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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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Judicial review guidelines aim to cut number of challenged court decisions

In-house government law-yer Fred Croft has devised new guidelines for administrators, aimed at reducing the number of decisions challenged in court. Croft, deputy head of litigation, is behind the latest edition of ‘Judge over your shoulder’, a booklet aimed at highlighting the legal framework for decision-making. The guidelines were first published in 1987 but have […]

Jones takes over from Flynn in Norwich Union top job

Norwich Union’s new head of legal will be Graham Jones who will take up the post in December. Jones, currently head of group legal services at Royal Insurance, has been appointed as group legal manager and secretary. Prior to his spell with Royal Insurance, which he joined at the start of 1993, he was senior […]

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Morrison Supermarkets, advised by Gordons Wright & Wright, has purchased land for a new superstore between Cleethorpes and Grimsby from Limes Developments, advised by Andrew & Co in Lincoln.

The Webber File

John Webber John Webber took over the running of Russell Jones & Walker at the age of 32, after the sudden death of partner and mentor Jim Storey. “It was very difficult to take on the work at that age,” he says. “I wouldn’t go through that again – those five years were hard.” He […]

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