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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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UK innovator sells bar code tool to US Attorney's Office

BAR codes similar to the ones used in supermarkets could transform US courts, thanks to a new invention by a London computer company. A new system, invented by Valid Information Systems, will allow lawyers presenting cases to draw light pens over the bar code to flash up evidence such as fingerprints or X-rays of victims’ […]

French and UK experts collaborate on standards

Expert witnesses in the UK have agreed to work with their French counterparts to create a single set of professional standards throughout Europe. The UK Academy of Experts has signed a declaration of intent with the National Federation of Companies of Judicial Experts of France. The declaration, signed at the end of last month, invites […]

Profit and loss

I am responding to an article by Philip Kabraji and Andrew Cottle of Grant Thornton entitled ‘Best Prepared will win a claim’ (The Lawyer, 29 April). While it correctly refers to the importance of ensuring that claims are substantiated with documentation and that data collection is properly planned, it is over-simplistic in a number of […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 13/05/97

John Anthony Snailham Griffiths, 54, admitted 1970, practising as Griffiths Jones, Carnforth, Lancashire, struck off and ordered to pay £1,020 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and misappropriated client money and used it for his own purposes, failed to exercise proper supervision over staff and deliberately misled investigation accountant. Tribunal also ordered that Andrew James […]

Law Society's latest pay proposals may end dispute

Accountants and monitoring unit staff at the Law Society are considering an offer from the society designed to put an end to their pay dispute. The proposed deal follows a one-day strike – the first in the society’s history – by accountants and monitoring staff last month and a series of negotiations between a MSF […]

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