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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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SRA director slates trainees’ English

A Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) director has lambasted law schools for not providing students with English language training, branding the standard of grammar among trainees “poor”. SRA director of regulation standards Liz McAnulty said a foundation course in English language should be introduced while students undertake their Legal Practice Course (LPC). Speaking at The Lawyer’s […]

Irwin Mitchell spruces up training contract with central funds

Irwin Mitchell is to centralise its first-year training budget as part of a wider overhaul of the firm’s ­training strategy. Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing to specialise in the second year. […]

A&O chief on Boris’s business council

Allen & Overy managing partner David Morley has become the first lawyer to be appointed to London Mayor Boris ­Johnson’s International Business Advisory Council for London (IBAC London). The group was set up earlier this month to advise the mayor on how to maintain London’s position as a leading business centre. IBAC London consists of […]

Dame Hazel becomes dean of UCL law

Star professor Dame Hazel Genn has been appointed as the new dean of University College London’s (UCL) law faculty. Genn, who has embarked on a five-year term as dean of the faculty, used to be professor of socio-legal studies and co-director of the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies at UCL. The impressive roster of past […]

Wall St woes: Shock and awe

There was still hope on Wall St yesterday that the US government’s $700bn financial sector bailout would eventually make it through the House of Representatives. The expectation is that a revised plan will be adopted, one way or another. “I was just over at one of our private equity clients who said it’s something that […]

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