2018: Five more UK firms to fold

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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…

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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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HKFSI launches first redundancy consultation with seven roles at risk

HowardKennedyFsi has launched a redundancy consultation round, with seven fee earner roles across its real estate, corporate and employment departments at risk. The redundancy announcement follows a period of integration between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent, which merged to form HowardkennedyFsi in February 2013 (4 February 2013). The firm said it had launched the […]

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By Ludger Giesberts, John Shi and Andreas Tiedge When placing consumer products on the German market, various product safety standards have to be met. The applicable rules and regulations can be quite difficult to determine. Failure to comply will however result in governmental as well as private-party actions against the importer and the manufacturer. Abiding […]

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