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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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Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick has acquired a residential property team from Aberdeen-based firm Paull & Williamsons (P&W). The team will join Simpsons’ established Aberdeen-based residential property group in November this year. While the firm is keen to expand its residential property capabilities in the city, P&W will be focusing on its corporate and commercial […]

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“This is no time for soundbites, but I feel the hand of history on my shoulder.” Yes, you might well think that these words were spoken by our illustrious former Prime Minister Tony Blair about the Northern Ireland peace process, but in fact they came from the mouth of Sackers senior partner Ian Pittaway upon […]

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