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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: Charity warns of non-qualified will writers

Many will writers who advertise offering to prepare wills for elderly people are not legally qualified and lack the legal expertise needed to give sound advice and provide an error-free legal document, Help the Aged has warned The charity has produced an information pack which encourages people to make their own wills and gives information […]

In brief: Report due on Westminster city lawyer

A report on the conduct of former Westminster City solicitor Matthew Ives was due out this week. John Magill, the council’s district auditor, was set to deliver his view on the part played by Ives in the controversial ‘designated sales’ housing policy

Pembridge wins LAPG vote

THE LEGAL Aid Practitioners Group has endorsed Eileen Pembridge’s campaign for the Law Society presidency. Pembridge, senior partner of Fisher Meredith, has also taken on past LAPG chair Stephen Gilchrist to run her campaign. Gilchrist, of Gilchrists, promises firm support for Pembridge from the group and says he is hopeful several other special interest groups […]

Extending PEPs

Is the change in rules governing corporate bond investment in PEPs liberal enough? Changes in Inland Revenue rules allowing the use of corporate bond investment in PEPs came into force last week (6 July), amid concerns by law firms that the shift in rules may not prove liberal enough. Tony Gammon is investment manager at […]

BT summariser may lighten workload

HARD-PRESSED lawyers could soon benefit from a computer program which automatically summarises texts. The software, developed by BT Laboratories, includes an Information Agent which searches texts stored on a computer and selects those of most interest to the operator, sorting them in what it ‘thinks’ will be the order of priority to the reader. The […]

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