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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 23/04/96

Failure to account for tax alleged to have been deducted R v Inland Revenue Commissioners, ex parte McVeigh (1996). QBD (May J). Summary: Lawful direction to a company director requiring him to pay tax on a bonus which his company had purported to pay less tax but which tax had never been accounted for to […]

An oasis of junior talent

One of the problems noted by commercial litigators is the shortage of juniors at the commercial Bar. As one partner says: “It is worrying that we find a junior and use them regularly and then they take silk.” This is true of a number of juniors who have been recommended by litigation solicitors. Among them […]

Litigation Writs 23/04/96

A mother of nine whose tenth child was born without clinical signs of life but was resuscitated to survive for a year is suing a health authority for damages. Margaret Cummings, 46, of South Croydon, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from Croydon Health Authority. It says she was admitted to the Mayday […]

Hodge issues dire warning on state of Law Society

THE LAW Society has lost the confidence of the country’s opinion formers and decision makers, according to the Legal Aid Board’s new deputy chair Henry Hodge. The appointment of the former Law Society deputy vice-president and prominent legal aid practitioner to the newly created post was announced by Lord Mackay last week. The move has […]

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