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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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Law Soc president warns of ‘far-reaching’ reform

The President of the Law Society warned last week that solicitors face “the most far-reaching reform of the profession in decades”. Speaking at the Law Society Annual Conference in Birmingham on Friday (15 October), Edward Nally said that “the Law Society Council has mapped out a vision” for reformation of the way the profession is […]

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has taken Farrer & Co‘s top sports lawyer to be its new head of legal.Karena Vleck will be replaced as head of the sports group at Farrer by senior partner Robert Clinton. Vleck will be head of legal and company secretary at the RFU. Clinton is an active member of […]

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