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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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Solicitors’ professional indemnity premiums rise from £141m to £221m in a year Insurers will earn an extra £55m from solicitors this year as a hardening market forces up total premiums by 25 per cent to £221m. Figures released by Zurich Professional, obtained from the Law Society Assigned Risks Pool (ARP), show that the 9,500 law […]

Boots chooses Masons for outsourcing advice

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Keating takes on 2 Temple Gardens silk

Leading construction set Keating Chambers has bolstered its specialist practice with the addition of highly-rated David Thomas QC from 2 Temple Gardens. Thomas, who took silk earlier this year, made the move with junior Adam Constable, who is a fellow construction and engineering specialist. Both started at Keating last week. “We just saw the business […]

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