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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 Society names firms on intervention panel

Eversheds, Hammonds and Hill Dickinson are among 25 firms picked as part of the Law Society’s new panel of intervention agents that will help wind up solicitors’ practices that have been closed down for disciplinary reasons. The agents have been selected following a competitive tender process resulting in new appointments for several firms. Eversheds, Blake […]

Orrick boosts Rome with Pocci takeover

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has absorbed boutique Studio Legale Pocci to bolster its corporate practice in Rome. Sole practitioner Marco Pocci joins with one associate and brings clients such as Buena Vista Hospitality Group and transport company Omnialogistic. Pocci is dual Italian/UK qualified and has experience working in Hong Kong for Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. […]

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With its trophy hires, Weil Gotshal & Manges will not have a problem getting private equity mandates. But resourcing the deals will be trickier It was a trophy hire, alright. When Lovells’ private equity team, led by Marco Compagnoni, quit for Weil Gotshal & Manges, it underlined the growing power of US firms in the […]

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