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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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Non-practising barristers to set up law centre 'chambers'

Chris Fogarty reports A group of non-practising barristers is poised to set up a law centre “chambers” in a bid to capitalise on the Government’s controversial legal aid reforms. Non-Practising Bar Association secretary Dr Peter Gray has written to the Bar Council outlining plans to establish a pilot law centre in Sittingbourne, Kent. Gray’s proposed […]

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