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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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Fast puts brakes on program theft

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Stephen Grosz is a partner at Bindman & Partners, which acted for Amnesty International “Listen. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of the hillsides and fields of Rwanda, where in their hundreds and thousands the dead lie silent.” This is a quote from the beginning of the advert which the British Section of Amnesty […]

Garretts takes Arista

Helen Sage reports City firm Garrett & Co has placed a six-figure sum software order with Axxia Systems for its practice management system Arista. The firm, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, opted for the system after investigating a total of eight solutions. Partner Keith Barnett said: “Whatever system we chose had to guarantee accurate […]

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