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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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Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

As more and more law firms flood into Silicon Valley, one of the area’s original settlers and a former intellectual property star firm has announced it is shipping out. Brown & Bain, a firm that waged landmark IP battles on behalf of high-profile clients such as Apple Computer and Intel, says it is closing its […]

It's been a bad week for…

Watford’s Sheila Metson, a legal secretary at her husband Harold’s solicitors firm, whose 20-year affair with plasterer Brian Ward was exposed when British Telecom wrote to Ward asking if he’d like to include her number in its cheap-rate “Friends and Family” deal. Ward’s calls were so frequent that British Telecom put Metson’s number at the […]

Gee leaves One Essex Court

Leading commercial lawyer Steven Gee QC is leaving One Essex Court to become head of chambers at 4 Field Court. The Bar has reacted with surprise at Gee’s decision to leave the set, which, with 59 tenants and 23 silks, is one of the top four commercial chambers in the country. The less well-known 4 […]

Law Commission calls for new fraud law

The complex laws on fraud face a radical overhaul following a report due to be announced later this month. The Law Commission will issue a consultation paper making proposals to simplify one of the most difficult areas of the legal system. The consultation follows on from complaints by the Lord Chancellor that fraud is “difficult […]

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