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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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While Australian and New Zealand law firms are similarly structured to those in the US, Canada or the UK, the profession in Australia and New Zealand has been going through a number of structural changes in recent years. Australia’s federal system, containing at least five significant commercial centres, has encouraged the development of national firms […]

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The communications and multi-media group at Baker & McKenzie has recruited Stephanie Liston from Freshfields. Liston, who is admitted in the UK and US jurisdictions, was a senior lawyer with MCI Communications Corporation before joining Freshfields. She has acted for companies entering and diversifying into the UK and European communications markets and advised MCI in […]

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