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Agency: High court considers application of Commercial Agency Regulations
The case of Charles Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd  EWHC 47 (QB considered the application of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 SI 93/3053). The defendant was a well-known boot and shoe company, the claimant was a former agent of the defendant under a commercial agency contract which provided for termination. When the agreement came to an end, the claimant sought compensation and the defendant preferred to indemnify the claimant. The court held that the relevant clause in the agency agreement was not compatible with the underlying thrust of the Commercial Agents Regulations and that if the claimant was entitled to anything he was entitled to compensation. The case clearly underlines the fact that, unless the contract clearly states that an indemnity will apply on termination (or in determinable situations), compensation will apply. Clever drafting is not going to change that.
Consumer protection: Consumer Rights Bill introduced to parliament
The Consumer Rights Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 23 January 2014 an
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