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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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Montblanc case not unique

In your article “Trademark regulations strengthened” (The Lawyer, 10 January) Dawn Osborne is quoted as suggesting that new law was being made in the Montblanc case (“In other major passing off cases the products have all been on the market…But in this one we got an interim injunction before it ever got on to the […]

Beachcrofts adds property trio in Bristol

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is doubling the number of property partners in its Bristol office by acquiring a local niche practice. The three partners from Crawford Owen will be absorbed by Beachcrofts when the firm takes it over in April. A spokesman for Beachcrofts says the move will make his firm a “new regional market leader in […]

It's been a good week for…

Puff Daddy, the US rap star, who has recruited Johnnie Cochran to his defence team. Cochran, who famously proved the innocence of OJ Simpson, will be hoping to work the same magic on behalf of Daddy, who faces 15 years in jail for illegal possession of a weapon. Daddy and his girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, were […]

East Midlands solicitors appoint in-house barrister

Gordon has been a barrister for ten years specialising in personal injury and medico-legal work. Gordon, who plans to qualify as a solicitor, says he has moved because the exciting and interesting work is increasingly carried out by solicitors and he feels the skills he uses at the bar can best be used as part […]

36 Bedford Row and 2 Temple Gardens lose leading clerks

Leading sets 36 Bedford Row and 2 Temple Gardens have parted company with leading members of their clerking teams. The three departing clerks are victims of the wave of rationalisation and restructuring of clerking and administrative functions that is sweeping through the bar. Deputy senior clerk at 2 Temple Gardens, Tom Grove, who has been […]

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