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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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Law Soc AGM opposes block contracting

THE Law Society’s AGM approved a resolution last week opposing exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid work unless certain safeguards are introduced. The resolution, which was tabled by the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA), was passed unanimously by the meeting last Thursday. It says the Law Society should oppose any block contracting scheme unless […]

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Ferris will herald a new era

Murdoch McKillop, president of the Society for Practitioners of Insolvency, responds to last week’s City Comment. Readers of last week’s “City Comment” might have thought that the opportunity for licensed insolvency practitioners had just passed. Apparently “the gravy train might be about to hit the buffers”. The public only believes in such a “gravy train” […]

Top tenants for housing disputes

Matheu Swallow identifies which barristers client solicitors selected as the top five of the landlord and tenant Bar. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist. Since there seems to be no doubting which are the top three sets in the field of landlord and tenant work, it will come as no surprise that three of the […]

PFA's responsibility for DIY planes

A recent Appeal Court ruling has increased the responsibility on the PFA to regulate home-built aeroplanes, writes Roger Pearson. An estimated 35,000 people in the UK hold private pilots’ licences. Expense is a factor that drives many away from this pursuit, but for those with technical ability, increasingly, the home-built aeroplane has become a cost-cutting […]

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Freeth Cartwright adds to empire with Barradales merger

EAST Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins has expanded into Leicester by taking over four-partner commercial practice Barradales. The move means the 41-partner firm has a presence in the three major cities in the region – Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Three of Barradales’ four partners will become partners at their new firm, but the office […]

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