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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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Leeds-based Shulmans has won a ground-breaking emp-loyment law case in the Court of Appeal.As a result of the win, the controlling shareholder of a company is now recognised for the first time as an employee.The ruling means controlling shareholders are now entitled to the same rights as employees.The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of […]

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I want to clarify the position of the council members who were unable to take part in the council meeting on the future of professional indemnity. The date of the council meeting was re-arranged in January, which caused difficulties for some members. Nine could not attend due to unavoidable commitments, such as clients’ court dates, […]

CPS plans shake-up of 'preferred sets' system

The Crown Prosecution Service is proposing fundamental changes to the system of selecting barristers to do its prosecution work, just a month after cutting 11 sets from its “preferred sets” list, as exclusively revealed in The Lawyer (17 November 1998).A CPS spokeswoman says: “The CPS has proposed that there should in future be access by […]

Prosecutor at centre of row takes top regional CPS post

A prosecutor who left female lawyers distressed and in tears after a furious bust-up has been promoted to a senior management role in the Crown Prosecution Service.David Adams has been appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor in Derbyshire, with status equivalent to the area’s chief constable. The row prompted an external review of staff relations and the […]

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