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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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The City Fraud Conference at London’s Cafe Royal on 10 March will examine the prevention, investigation and regulation of City frauds, including the best way to lay contingency plans and sentencing issues. Money laundering firms are urged to attend.

Mind your manners at the northern bar

Barristers’ chambers on the north west circuit are winning fresh praise and new work, yet it is the little things that see them lagging behind their London contemporaries. “I know it’s a little thing and it’s superficial,” sighs one Manchester solicitor, “but they’re not as good with the coffee and sandwiches”. On a lack of […]

In brief: McGrath & Co

McGrath & Co, the Birmingham legal aid firm, has lost four partners after they left to form a new firm specialising in housing law and advising travellers. The Community Law Partnership – which includes partners Chris Esdaile, Chris Johnson, Rosaleen Kilbane and Mike McIlvaney – has set up shop in the city centre.

The word of God is law

While many Americans vilified Kenneth Starr as an over-zealous witch hunter, faculty members at Pepperdine University School of Law, California, courted him to be their dean. Students and professors at Pepperdine, who come from the same Christian legal world as Starr, say he would have been a perfect choice to carry out the school’s religious […]

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