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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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Concept-based research is launched on CD-Rom

(Elizabeth Davidson reports ). A NEW reference system known as ‘metadata’ has been launched, which operates on a ‘concept’ basis, allowing lawyers to locate relevant legal information simply by keying in a phrase connected to it into their laptops. The system was developed by Sweet & Maxwell over two years, at a cost of £2m, […]

Litigation Writs 28/04/98

A major High Court damages claim has been launched over alleged structural defects at the White Lion Walk shopping centre in Guildford. The owner of the shopping centre has launched a claim over the design of the development’s atrium roof. Britel Fund Trustees is suing White Lion Walk and Tarmac, both of Wolverhampton, and Crampin […]

In brief: ELF campaigns for road safety legislation

The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has published a report, ‘Options for Civilising Road Traffic’, calling for legislation to create strict liability offences for motorists who injure cyclists and pedestrians. Under the legislation, it would be ‘an offence for a driver of a motor vehicle to injure a child pedestrian or a cyclist, unless he can […]

Flooding causes OSS to sink under backlog of complaints

A flood at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) in Leamington Spa has soaked the files of 2,000 complainants and will drastically slow down the work of staff already struggling under a huge backlog and a 30 per cent surge in complaints. The extent of the damage at the OSS, which was hit […]

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