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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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Call for multi-party action funding

MULTI-PARTY actions need an entirely new court procedure and method of financing, possibly from a special central government fund, according to radical proposals from the Scottish Law Commission. The commission, in a report requested by Scotland’s Lord Advocate, says the current systems are inadequate for dealing with such cases. Commission lawyer Roger Bland says: “It […]

Discussions in secret

At its last session the Council of the Law Society met in camera to determine its views on the future of conveyancing. Since the public and legal press were excluded the only information we have was contained in a news-managed report in last week’s Law Society Gazette which stated that the council “had confounded expectations […]

TSG stages conference in Warsaw

MORE than 150 Polish law students have attended the first ever Project Europe conference held outside the UK. The conference, organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) with the Polish branch of the European Law Students Association (ELSA), was staged at Warsaw University this month. Planned by TSG international relations officer Dr David Taylor and […]

Barings rent deal boosts City hopes

Property development in the City could get a kick-start following one of the biggest deals since before the recession, say lawyers and corporate estate agents. Freshfields and Slaughter and May have just completed a top-price (u35 per sq ft) single letting on Scottish Widows’ landmark 235,600 sq ft office development at 60 London Wall, EC2 […]

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