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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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Alexander v Crawford – QBD, 9 July 1996 Claimant: Antigone Alexander Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant suffered whiplash injuries, bruising and shock after head-on car crash; later developed ringing in her ears with post-traumatic shock and psychological symptoms Award: £55,000 (agreed damages) Judge: Judge Derek Holden Plaintiff’s solicitor: Ringrose & Co, Boston, Lincs Plaintiff’s […]

Bar Council launches Web listing

Alison Laferla reports A multi-media Bar Directory is due to be launched by the Bar Council later this year. The only official Bar Council directory of British barristers in private practice or employment, the directory will be accessed through a database as well as a new Bar Council Website. Hard copies will also be available. […]

A meeting of minds

When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.” This advice to the aspiring advocate, said to be current among Tennessee attornies, is probably not the sort of advice English barristers go to the American Bar Association […]

In brief: Booths' employment group recruits two

The employment services group at Leeds firm Booth & Co has expanded with the appointment of two new fee earners. Frank Sutcliffe, 46, has left academia for Booths. After working in the penal research unit at Oxford University and teaching at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, he became a lecturer in law […]

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