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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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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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Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

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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DLA Piper wins lead role on controversial fraud GLO

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has fought off competition from McGrigors to be appointed as lead solicitor in a group litigation order (GLO) for a potential 150 companies claiming damages against the government that could run into millions. The companies are claiming for losses caused by Revenues & Customs, which has penalised them for their […]

UN pro bono scheme settles on directors

Advocates for International Development (A4ID), the City pro bono initiative dedicated to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, has confirmed its board of directors: Chris Marshall, an assistant in the dispute resolution group at Richards Butler, will chair A4ID and lead its trade practice team; Richard Leese, a litigation partner at Clifford Chance, will oversee A4ID’s […]

Cripps awards double bonuses after posting record results

South East firm Cripps Harries Hallhas paid double its anticipated bonuses after a strong financial year. Managing partner Jonathan Denny said the payments were made possible through a strong performance resulting from a reorganisation of the firm. “There’s no doubt in my mind that our refocus of the business along client industry sectors has re-energised […]

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