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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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I am writing to correct the article that appeared in the 18 July issue of The Lawyer, ‘Malaysia orders probe into UK Law courses’, which misrepresents the current situation regarding UK law degrees offered to Malaysian students. What the article describes as a ‘probe’ is in fact a survey being undertaken into all UK law […]

Addleshaws' Kirby takes 'time out'

MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has lost one of its leading insolvency and banking partners who has retired from the partnership after five years. Anthony Kirby, who gave notice in recent weeks, is believed to be taking time out to consider his future. Kirby joined Addleshaws in 1989 after leaving William F Prior & […]

Conference in York

The Solicitors European Group has chosen York as the site for its annual conference next year. The event, to be held on 7 and 8 June, will address issues of growing importance to EU lawyers, such as the implications of EU law and policy for the IT industry and regulated industries. Speakers from across the […]

In brief: AWS elects Liverpool lawyer as chair

The Association of Women Solicitors has elected Glenys Arden as its new chair. Arden, a partner in Liverpool firm Gamon Arden & Co, sits as an acting stipendiary magistrate and also as a part-time chair of Social Security and Child Support Appeal tribunals. She is also a member of the Law Society’s committee on standards […]

SCB throws out conduct complaint

John Malpas reports A JOURNALIST who filed complaints of unethical conduct against a barrister and a solicitors’ firm following a libel action has lost round one of his fight. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau’s primary investigation unit has rejected Peter Cotterell’s complaint that Macfarlanes pursued an unmeritorious libel action against him (see The Lawyer 4 April). […]

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