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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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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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General protections: best-practice guide — Australia

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) contains a broad set of general protections against discriminatory, unfair or unlawful conduct. The general protections prohibit coercion, misrepresentation, unlawful termination, discrimination and more, creating civil remedy provisions that can be enforced in court. The general protections protect ‘workplace rights’ as defined broadly in the FW Act. […]

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Exclusive: US IP giant Finnegan turns its back on Belgium for London launch

Washington DC-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, commonly known as Finnegan, is to relocate its Brussels office to London by the end of this year.  The office will be managed by the firm’s Brussels managing partner Anthony Tridico, who will relocate to London with three patent attorneys from the Belgium base and […]

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