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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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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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If you look hard enough, mild comedy can be found anywhere. Tulkinghorn is not above finding a giggle in the email addresses of law firms, with Bird & Bird‘s ‘Twobirds’ a constant source of amusement over the years (and one that received a new lease of life when the firm’s building was invaded by a […]

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Norton Rose has lost one of its newest partners to the London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Arbitration and litigation specialist Bruce Macaulay was one of 23 associates promoted to the partnership with effect from 1 May 2006. Instead, he is due to join Skadden later this year. Macaulay focuses primarily on […]

North East development body names seven-firm panel

Pinsent Masons, Newcastle’s Ward Hadaway and Scots firm McGrigors have landed spots on the new-look legal panel for regional development body One North East while Eversheds and local firms Dickinson Dees and Robert Muckle have retained their places. The new panel is split into six distinct groups: corporate, employment and regulatory, IP, tourism, property, and […]

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Tulkinghorn is famed throughout the legal land for his hard- headed approach to life and the law. But even he was moved (to the bar, actually) after a quick squizz at the pics that accompanied the following message:“Dear Tulkinghorn,I though you might enjoy some photos of my young daughter Lucy (aged seven months) devouring The […]

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