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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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Committee co-chair

Hamilton Loeb, partner at US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, has won a two-year term as co-chair of the 1,200-member International Trade Committee – the largest committee in the ABA’s Section on International Law and Practice. Loeb, who handles international trade law, technology litigation and international arbitration, co-chairs his firm’s international committee.

In brief: Urban renewal expert to Tyndallwoods

Urban regeneration law specialist Phil Shiner has quit his post at the Birkenhead Resource Unit to join Edgbaston firm Tyndallwoods. Shiner, who has a strong background in housing and planning issues, as well as working with the European Court of Justice, has joined the firm’s recently-established housing and community law department. Tyndallwoods marketing partner Judy […]

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