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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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Aclec – the academic angst…

In April this year, the Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) published its First Report on Legal Education and Training, stating its intention to stimulate debate rather than to set out a blueprint for change. If nothing else, the committee achieved its intention – its radical proposals sparked widely diverging views from leading […]

In brief: PI specialist wins top claim for union

Bretherton Price Elgoods, the Cheltenham firm that acts for more than 5,000 members of the Transport & General Workers Union in the West Midlands region, has won its biggest-ever compensation claim for the union. The personal injury specialist firm negotiated an award of £580,000 for the claimant, a TGWU member who sought compensation from the […]

RSI claim gets all clear

A Court of Appeal ruling last month has paved the way for a legal debate to continue over the rights of those seeking damages for repetitive strain injury. The Appeal Court, by a two-to-one majority, held that secretary Ann Pickford who claims she developed chronic RSI through speed typing, had not been fully advised to […]

In brief: MacRoberts does most deals in Scotland

A Scottish business magazine has named MacRoberts as top legal adviser in Scotland by value of deals done. The firm completed deals totalling £1.4 billion in the past six months to win the accolade from Scottish Business Insider, which surveyed lawyers, accountants and banks.

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