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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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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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SABMiller appoints Lovells veteran as new GC

Lovells has been rocked by the departure of veteran corporate partner John Davidson to key client SABMiller. Davidson, Lovells’ relationship partner for SABMiller, joins the brewery group as company secretary and general counsel. He replaces current company secretary Andrew Tonkinson upon his planned retirement in August. Davidson’s departure from Lovells was announced internally today (26 […]

ASB rejigs management top-tier

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Mourants snares Stephen Ball for CEO role

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