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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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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 Government’s corporate manslaughter proposals are to be applauded – now for the rest In late March the Home Office published its long-awaited reform proposals for corporate manslaughter and invited responses by June. The tone is measured and in marked contrast to some of the excoriating language within previous consultations. Clearly, much thought has now […]

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The Treasury Solicitor’s Office has unveiled two new legal panels as it reviews the way it provides services to clients. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (6 March), both panels will run for three years initially. The Lit Cat (Litigation Catalogue) panel focuses on debt recovery, following the closure of the Treasury Solicitor’s own debt recovery […]

Barrister found liable for £167K overcharge

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago. Alastair Kelman, a barrister who […]

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