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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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Singapore opens doors to foreign firm joint ventures

The legal market in the Far East is set to boom following a new proposal by Singapore’s Attorney General to allow foreign law firms to enter into joint ventures with local lawyers. His report, due out in the next few weeks, is expected to allow the joint ventures to practise all areas of law. Singapore […]

Litigation Personal Injury 17/5/99

William Alec Davies v Paul A Clarkson (1999) QBD (McKinnon J) 28 April 1999 Plaintiff: Male, married with children, 28 years old at date of accident; 35 years old at date of judgment. Incident: The plaintiff was standing by a parked car when he was hit by the defendant’s car. Liability admitted. Injuries: The plaintiff […]

Playwright stalks Theodores

Playwright Terence Frisby steps up his “campaign of torment” against Theodore Goddard this morning, when leaflets offering secretly delivered, discounted copies of his book Outrageous Fortune will be handed out to staff as they arrive at work. Frisby, the author of hit play There’s a Girl in my Soup, published the book last year, which […]

Marriotts prepares for trade mark wars

The force is with a team of lawyers from London firm Marriott Harrison. The firm is preparing for a surge of copyright and trade mark infringements following the launch of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. A Marriott Harrison team of two partners and two assistant solicitors did all the legal work on […]

Irwin Mitchell warns funding code may breach human rights convention …

Irwin Mitchell, the UK’s largest legal aid practice, has written to minister of state Geoff Hoon, warning that the draft funding code may breach the human rights convention and create an unworkable new bureaucracy. Partner Andrew Lockley says: “Government cuts on legal aid will be even worse than has hitherto been realised and are just […]

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