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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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AWB aims for regional network

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Renewal of emergency law shows 'disregard' for rights

CIVIL and human rights groups are dismayed at the Government’s renewal of its existing emergency powers in Northern Ireland. They argue that even the recent drug-related killings, widely thought to be the work of IRA members, do not constitute a proper state of emergency. Renewal of the “excessive” powers for another two years is against […]

Top names rally to charity's cause

AN IMPRESSIVE array of senior legal figures has rallied to the banner of a cash-strapped charity dedicated to finding missing people. Nine lawyer members of the House of Lords have signed up as vice-patrons of a new national appeal being launched by the National Missing Persons Helpline, established three years ago. Among them are Vice-Chancellor […]

Lawyers back Labour ruling

TOP employment barrister David Pannick QC has applauded an industrial tribunal ruling against the Labour Party’s women-only shortlists. And Pannick, who originally condemned the party’s policy after its introduction over two years ago, said although opposing opinions were “clearly arguable”, if an appeal were launched, “I would expect the Employment Appeal tribunal to reach the […]

In brief: Bar School joins forces in equality drive

The Bar School has agreed to work with the Commission for Racial Equality to reduce the disparity in exam success between ethnic minority and white students. As part of a joint agreement published this week, the Council of Legal Education, which runs the school, has agreed to undertake a research and monitoring programme to pinpoint […]

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