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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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In brief: Geordie firms become Ward Hadaway

NEWCASTLE firms Ward Hadaway and Wheldon Houlsby & Scott have merged to become one of the biggest practices in the north of England. The merged firm, to be known as Ward Hadaway, will have a total staff of 190, including 30 partners, 57 other fee-earners, five chartered town planners and one chartered surveyor. The firm […]

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To someone accustomed to working in the English Bar, the first impression of the Bar of Hong Kong is akin to gazing into a mirror and seeing the reflection of a stranger wearing one of your own suits staring back. The clothes fit, but the wearer is, undeniably, not you. As in England, the Hong […]

Scotland to woo the world with glossy marketing move

SCOTTISH lawyers have stolen a march on their English and Welsh rivals by producing a glossy brochure designed to drum up work from foreign businesses at the American Bar Association Conference, which will be held next month. The Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland joined forces to publish the 12-page brochure, called […]

Paul Lomas welcomes clarification of community law.

Paul Lomas is a partner at Freshfields. In Chequepoint v McClelland 6/6/96 (Phillips and Aldous LJJ and Bingham LCJ, still sitting as MR), the Court of Appeal expanded on the relationship between the Rules of the Supreme Court and the Treaty of Rome. The case concerned whether or not the treaty conflicts with order 23 […]

Litigation Personal Injury 09/07/96

King v Waltham Forest Health Authority – 14 June 1996 Claimant: Sarah King, 20 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant left in perfect physical health but severely mentally handicapped; normal life expectancy Award: £1.3 million (agreed damages) Judge: Mr Justice Morland Plaintiff’s solicitors: Field Fisher Waterhouse Plaintiff’s counsel: Robert Francis QC Hannigan v North Hertfordshire Health […]

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