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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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Quality accreditation generates a mixed response from the profession. Some lawyers are extremely enthusiastic about the concept, citing their latest system for quality. Others yawn, regarding it as a money-spinner for the consultants. However, as the Legal Aid Practitioners Group has rightly pointed out, a quality agenda has developed. It says the profession was “too […]

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Helen Sage reports Questel-Orbit, supplier of on-line intellectual property information, has chosen Verity’s Topic search engine for its new Internet multimedia service ‘Angie’. Questel-Orbit, a subsidiary of France Telecom, specialises in patent, trade mark, scientific chemical and business information and provides more than one billion documents on-line through 250 databases. Most of its 35,000-customer base […]

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