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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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Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

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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A MENTAL health law practitioner is taking legal action after he was “effectively banned” by hospital administrators from seeing his clients. Wigan lawyer Marshall Ronald, who claims his legal aid practice is “being shafted”, was barred from using his own dictation equipment by management at Ashworth Hospital. Colin Dale, director of professional development at the […]

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A LAW firm which handled the privatisation of a government computer agency has hit out at National Audit Office claims of soaring legal costs during the sale. Dibb Lupton Broomhead is smarting at last Thursday’s report on the sale of the IT agency DVOIT which saw legal costs rise to u545,000 from an initial Department […]

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