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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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Price Waterhouse pulls in Pinsents partner for Europe

PRICE Waterhouse has appointed Paul Downing, managing partner of the London office of Pinsent Curtis, to head its network of European law firms. The move, which centres Price Waterhouse’s network in London, was announced last Friday to the Pinsent Curtis partnership. Downing will join Arnheim & Co, headed by ex-Hammonds Suddard partner Christopher Arnheim, in […]

In brief: Access to Justice researcher heads talks

One of Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice inquiry team members will address a conference by the National Council for Access to Law. District judge Dick Greenslade will lead the one-day event in addressing issues ranging from how litigants in person should present their cases and how changes to civil court claim limits will affect solicitors, […]

Contractors sound off at profession

BUILDING lawyers have received a pasting for being expensive, unprofessional and superior in a poll of the UK’s major contractors. A “deep dissatisfaction” with the legal profession is displayed in the survey in the New Civil Engineer magazine. The magazine questioned the country’s top 60 contractors on their attitude towards their lawyers. Cost was a […]

Increase in fraud figures for lawyers and accountants

ACCOUNTANCY firm KPMG’s annual ‘fraud barometer’ reveals a 42 per cent increase in the number of lawyers and accountants charged with serious fraud. Partner in KPMG’s fraud investigation unit Adam Bates said although the figures for lawyers and accountants were lumped together, most cases related to lawyers. The barometer recorded 17 lawyers and accountants charged […]

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