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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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Manches has helped ­jeweller Fabergé launch its first London shop for almost a century. The high-end jeweller and has opened its first ­London store since World War I on Grafton Street, just off Bond Street. Sean Gilbertson, a ­partner at Pallinghurst Resources, the South African investment firm that owns Fabergé, did not use property agents […]

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I am meeting  Bill Hughes, the Managing Director of Legal and General Property, at The Square in Bruton Street-the beating heart of Hedgefundshire. This is the land of Juicy Couture, Jack Barclay’s Bentley dealership and Stella McCartney. Cuisine: French Best for: Serious clients Worst for: Not a lot Rating: 9.5/10 Nearest tube: Green Park/Bond Street […]

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Football’s coming to Ukraine, but the country’s lack of preparation means some lawyers aren’t benefitting. With Ukraine set to host the next Uefa European Football Championship (Euro 2012), projects are nearing completion to prepare the Kiev, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv venues for a ­barrage of tourists. But has the volume of work lived up to […]

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