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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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World Court will be inundated with cases

An international criminal court would be unable to deal with the majority of those responsible for war crimes according to delegates at the 10th annual Society for the Reform of Criminal Law conference. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for the setting up of the international court to combat “crimes against humanity”. But drawing […]

Time to bring discrimination to an end

In the light of the Policy Studies Institute’s latest report, the Law Society must take immediate action to eradicate discrimination in the profession, says Hannah Wiskin. Hannah Wiskin is chair of the Trainee Solicitors Group. The Fourth study commissioned from the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) by the Law Society has finally been published. Once again, […]

Insurers attacked for 'sitting on the fence'

After-the-event legal insurer Brian Raincock has attacked the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for “sitting on the fence” over the issue of expanding conditional fees insurance beyond personal injury cases. Raincock, managing director of Litigation Protection, said that despite a request from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) the ABI had so far not come up […]

Lawyers grasp the Internet

LAWYERS have defied their stereotype by showing an impressive knowledge of the Internet and its potential, according to a major survey conducted by The Lawyer. The results of the nationwide survey revealed an enthusiasm in the profession for Internet technology that has surprised experts. Almost 80 per cent of the 500 lawyers questioned described the […]

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