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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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The latest acquisition for the Vantage Motor Group brings its total sites to 21. A multidisciplinary legal team from Walker Morris advised Vantage on the acquisition of David Ian Ltd Skoda in Morecambe – its first Skoda dealership – boosting group turnover from £215 to £223m and increasing its network of sites to 21. The […]

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Wragges’ investment funds team has advised Gabelli Value Plus Trust on a fundraising worth £100m. Gabelli Value Plus is a new investment trust that will invest predominately in equity securities of US companies, deploying its investment manager’s proprietary Private Market Value with a Catalyst methodology. The assets are managed by Gabelli Funds, a New York-based investment […]

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Karanović & Nikolić, in co-operation with Omnia Strategy, recently hosted a seminar entitled ‘Dealing with Disputes – Leading International and Local Dispute Resolution Experts Guide you Through the Process’. Clients had the chance to sit down and chat with Cherie Blair, founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy, and Milan Lazić, Partner and head of the dispute resolution department at […]

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