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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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Benelux multidisciplinary practice Loyens & Loeff has hired a leading civil law notary from the Rotterdam office of Linklaters’ Dutch ally De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek. The departure of real estate specialist Hamith Breedveld comes after merger negotiations between De Brauw and Linklaters were restarted late last year (The Lawyer, 5 December 2001). It also […]

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So here we are, back again after the festive splurge and contemplating what 2002 will throw at us.After 2001, no one could be blamed for feeling a bit bewildered at trying to predict the coming year. The first three quarters of 2001 now seem like the end of another time entirely. The year started with […]

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