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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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Burges Salmon to cut 31 jobs in second redundancy round

Burges Salmon is set to make up to 27 business services staff and four property lawyers redundant as part of the second phase of its internal restructuring. Chris Jackson The Bristol firm launched its cost-cutting drive in March, making 18 associates redundant and deferring start dates for seven of its future trainees. Now, after completing […]

Skadden cuts 2010 associate intake by half

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is to halve the size of its summer associate intake for 2010 after pushing back the start dates of its 2009 cohort. Skadden_Howard_Ellin_150.jpg” /> Howard Ellin The firm sent a letter to the US law schools it recruits directly from last week informing them that “in light of the […]

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