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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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Conveyancer accuses regulatory body

Roger Pearson reports on a conveyancer with grievances against his regulating body, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is on course for a High Court confrontation with conveyancer Bryan Thompson, of Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. Thompson, who is represented by London firm Marks Miller & Co, is claiming damages in respect […]

Slaughters to pay £200k damages for negligence

SLAUGHTER and May has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in damages after the High Court found it acted negligently in a property deal. The City firm, which is considering an appeal, must pay £204,541 plus interest to Summit Financial Group (formerly Aurit Services) to indemnify the company for possible further losses. The case […]

NSPCC lawyer attacks Evidence Bill

The NSPCC’s in-house lawyer has attacked a Government Bill for failing to protect child witnesses. Barbara Joel-Esam complains that the Youth and Criminal Evidence Bill – currently in its Lords report stage – takes away the automatic right of a child to give video evidence, leaving it instead to the court’s discretion. According to the […]

On the bench

Peter Leaver QC has joined Graham Kelly and Glenn Hoddle on the bench. John-Paul Flintoff discovers that the latest member of football’s ruling elite to be sent off still feels mightily aggrieved – and perhaps for good reason Until recently, Peter Leaver QC figured among the most important men in English football. As chief executive […]

Partners on the move…

Former head of legal at the British Railways Board Andrew Sim has joined insurance firm Kennedys. He will act as a health and safety litigation consultant for the company on a part-time basis. Peter Smith will join Manches & Co in April, becoming the firm’s fifth construction partner. Smith is currently a partner in the […]

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