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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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IUROPE expands

London firm Allison & Humphreys has become a member of European economic interest group IUROPE, alongside practices in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The firm joins Leinen & Derichs, Studio Legale and Ruijgrok van Iersel & Luchtman. The organisation covers cities including Cologne, Potsdam, Brussels, Breda, Uden, Turin and London. A French practice is currently […]

DoE tour pushes tendering drive

THE LEGAL implications of competitive tendering are among the issues to be discussed at a series of seminars organised by the Department of the Environment. Seven events have been arranged across the country to explain the legislative and political context of the contracting out drive. Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford said the seminars will include […]

It's all in a day's work

In September 1994, our chambers’ computer system, originally chosen in 1990, was beginning to show its age. An unfriendly character-based front-end system seemed out of place when our 25 members were enthusing about Windows technology and Microsoft Word for their own word processing. Our requirement was for a fast, Windows database which both barristers and […]

Furore over Which? survey

THE CONSUMERS’ Association has threatened to sue the Law Society over its attempts to discredit a damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice. But the association is already being sued for libel by Shoosmiths & Harrison over claims in the survey that the firm had failed to warn a researcher of […]

Royal Life faces court action

Two-partner Cambridge firm Ritchie Samuel is handling a writ against insurance giant Royal Life and four other defendants in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud. Other defendants include two Royal Life employees and Paul Khan, managing director of XLNC, a Stoke-on-Trent financial services firm. The action of Ritchie Samuel’s clients, former restaurant owners Mr […]

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