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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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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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Settling family disputes through mediation is growing in popularity, but more can still be done. Lisa Parkinson reports One of the main objectives of Lord Woolf’s reform of civil procedure in 1998 was to encourage parties to settle disputes without litigation. The Court of Appeal emphasised in two recent cases that courts have a duty […]

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