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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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High pass rate for first LPC exams

Eighty-five per cent of students have passed the first Legal Practice Course run by the College of Law. More than 700 of the 3,339 who took the examination achieved distinctions and a further 1,549 were awarded commendations. Richard Holbrook, chairman of the College of Law’s board of management, says the high pass rate is a […]

Secretary brands partner a 'bully' in tribunal

AN “intimidating” partner in a law firm, who would lose his temper if his morning coffee was late, overloaded his secretary with work to force her to resign, an industrial tribunal heard. Nicolas Bellord, partner with church and charity lawyers Witham Weld, was described as a “bully” by legal secretary June Hedley, who represented herself […]

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I wanted to practise family law because it has an extra dimension – dealing with people and people’s lives. It is a great privilege to be travelling along people’s lives with them, but you have to take the rough with the smooth, and acknowledge that not everybody loves you. The interesting work begins when you […]

EAT rebukes industrial tribunal chair

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled that an industrial tribunal chair who asked an Asian applicant if he spoke English was discourteous and disrespectful. In its judgment the EAT said chair Stella Hollis had acted irregularly when she asked former Westminster College lecturer Minya Laher about his ethnic origins. Laher was appearing at the tribunal […]

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