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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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Slaughter and May is set to hand out discretionary bonuses to associates, following the firm’s strong performance in 2014. The amount paid to associates has increased on last year, with lawyers at every level seeing an uptick in their bonus (2 December 2013).  Associates with up to six months PQE experience will see their bonuses […]

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Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m).  In the UK, the firm saw an increase of 13.5 per cent from £42.1m to £47.8m, ahead of new managing partner Ray Berg taking up the reins in […]

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