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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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Norton Rose overseas practice gets boost

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A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

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Sunderland Health Au-thority has dropped its legal adviser of 30 years’ standing in favour of an NHS accredited firm.High street firm Mortons lost the £100,000 per annum contract to medical healthcare specialist Hempsons, which will now provide Sunderland Health Authority with all medical legal work.Mortons was one of four firms to tender for the contract. […]

Classic showdown

Another music-world battle – this time on the classical front – is heading back to court. TV presenter Susan Stranks, widow of broadcaster Robin Ray who died of cancer last December, has pledged to continue a battle started by her husband against Classic FM. Ray helped launch the station in 1992 and shortly before his […]

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