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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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Battle in the High Court

The future of a High Court battle in which the Canada Trust Company is suing Wolfgang Stolzenberg president and chief executive of the Castor Group over alleged malpractice and fraud is to be decided by the House of Lords. Stolzenberg is fighting a long-running battle to block action in the English courts claiming he is […]

City demands opt-out measures

City lawyers are now demanding changes to SIF and are calling for measures which may effectively allow them to opt out of the fund altogether. Law Society president, Michael Mathews – who voted to scrap SIF – says he wants the monopoly to look at more flexible “deductibles”. A deductible is a set amount a […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Tessa Shellens

Tessa Shellens was born in Porthcawl in 1949. She is a partner at Bevan Ashford in Cardiff. Anyone wishing to take part in The Lawyer Inquiry should contact Jemma Pearson on: 0171-970 4614. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Needlework. What was your first job? Selling dress material. Unfortunately, I was very ignorant about […]

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BROKERS Robertson Taylor is offering a legal insurance policy covering up to u5m in legal fees and damages for songwriters involved in plagiarism claims. The firm’s managing director John Silcock says: “There has been a rising tide of plagiarism cases and we were approached by a leading lawyer for the music industry to set up […]

In-house barristers threat to split from Bar Council

The UK’s main in-house barristers’ group has threatened to split from the Bar Council if the extended rights of audience provisions for employed lawyers are dropped from the Access to Justice Bill. The warning from Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry (Bacfi) chairman Susan Ward comes just days after the chairman of the Law […]

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