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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

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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Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith have brought together tea giants Tata and Tetley following months of negotiations. Henry Davey led the Herbert Smith team that acted for Bombay-based Tata, which made a £271m bid for Tetley. Davey says Tata has forbidden him from commenting on the deal. Clifford Chance advised Tetley, with corporate finance partner […]

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The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week overturned a landmark High Court decision that the minimum wage applies to pupil barristers. The Court of Appeal has ruled that pupils over 26 should not be entitled to the minimum wage. The original High Court action was brought by Rebecca Edmonds, a pupil at 23 Essex […]

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