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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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A new chapter for The Lawyer

You will have noticed something different about your copy of The Lawyer today. As we announced last week, we’re launching a redesign. We wanted a cleaner, brighter look with a more coherent flow of pages. We also wanted to publish on recycled paper. So for the past few months we’ve been working with John Belknap, […]

The anti-vivisectionists’ nemesis

It is terribly fashionable now to back scientific research using animals. Even Tony Blair has signed up to an online petition in support of it, recognising that, under the right conditions, it is a vital tool for medicine. So respect must be given to solicitor-advocate Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, who 10 years ago saw an opening and […]

Herbert Smith finance partner Jason Fox has a cunning plan. Will it work?

Herbert Smith’s finance chief Jason Fox is a man on a mission. He wants his group to be one of the top five finance practices “by brand and by turnover” in London by the end of his five-year term. And although he has the blessing of senior partner David Gold, who wants finance to make […]

Web Week – 22/05/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs, or the way legal news stories unfold at home and around the world. The US has a strong culture of legal blogs, which is not yet the case here. If […]

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