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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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Shoosmiths’ national asset finance practice wins award at Leasing Life event

Shoosmiths has been named ‘Asset Finance Legal Provider of the Year’ at the Leasing Life Awards 2014. Shoosmiths partner and national head of asset finance Melanie Chell and financial services partner Stephen Dawson flew to Warsaw to collect the accolade at the Intercontinental Hotel on 27 November. An independent panel of judges assessed Shoosmiths’ national asset finance practice […]

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