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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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Walker Morris tender

* Walker Morris in Leeds has completed the first round of its invitation to tender. It has received responses from 12 suppliers, including existing supplier TimeSlice. The firm wants open design practice management and case management systems.

In brief: Morgans dinner sings opera's praises

Cardiff firm Morgan Bruce is sponsoring a dinner to raise funds for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Welsh National Opera. The dinner, to be held at London’s Inter-Continental Hotel on 19 April, will feature a performance from soloist Rebecca Evans and WNO musical director Carlo Rizzi. The dinner is the first in a series […]

Comms event

* ‘Exploiting the new electronics communications’ is a one-day The Lawyer conference looking at how law firms communicate with clients, the uses of the Internet and case studies. Jeffrey Green Russell and Clifford Chance will discuss their experiences on the Internet. The conference will be held in London on 26 June. Details on 0171 434 […]

Young bows out over sex claims

EILEEN Pembridge has accused the Law Society leadership of resisting her private calls for John Young to step down from office two years ago after “numerous” sexual harassment allegations were made against him. Pembridge, a presidential candidate, says those who knew about the allegations and yet continued to back Young’s presidential candidacy are now in […]

Barrister to challenge bankruptcy

A BARRISTER of 22 years standing made bankrupt at the High Court says the order will be annulled. Nigel Askham, a tenant at South Western Chambers in Taunton, was declared bankrupt by Mr Registrar Pimm on 4 April. He says the order was a mistake and he has received confirmation it will be annulled. The […]

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