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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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Are Scottish solicitors more sentimental than English or Welsh ones? The question arose this week when Tulkinghorn was flicking through the latest copy of the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. On page six, nestling alongside a High Court notice, is an advert encouraging Scottish lawyers to adopt a donkey. The Scottish Borders Donkey […]

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More musical Asian tsunami relief efforts. Following on from last week’s plug for the rock bash at The Spitz on 22 March starring The Simkins Partnership, this one comes courtesy of Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). And this time the music is of a more genteel, but equally exceptional, standard. A DWS legal assistant, who happens […]

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