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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 Law Society has accused the Government of “risking quality” by imposing a fees freeze on legal aid practitioners. The Lord Chancellor’s Dep-artment (LCD) announced last week that legal aid fees would remain at last year’s levels. It is the fourth time legal aid fees have been frozen during the last six years, although the […]

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Dye v Riverside Health Authority – QBD 12 January 1998 Claimant: Laura Dye, 12 years Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant suffered brain damage as a result of medical staff failing to identify and treat meningitis shortly after birth. She is now confined to a wheelchair and has great difficulty in communicating. She functions at the […]

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