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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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Chambers at 3 Temple Gardens merge

The chambers of Donald Gordon and Paul Williams last week announced the completion of a merger. Both sets operated from 3 Temple Gardens, and will continue to do so under the same name, specialising in criminal, family and immigration law. Gordon and Williams are joint heads of chambers.

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Law firms are becoming increasingly aware of quality issues, a survey from accountants Baker Tilly has found. Almost a third of small and medium-sized firms have the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel. A further 61 per cent are planning to qualify. The fifth Law Management Section/Baker Tilly Financial Benchmarking Survey is based on responses from […]

Former Andersen man leads nine firms into global tax alliance

Nine independent tax firms have launched the Taxand alliance with 658 tax advisers spread throughout France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. “This is the first initiative worldwide to forge a tax alliance which allows firms to share knowledge and tax innovations, while providing our clients with a real independent network […]

Heatons loses star managing partner to investment house

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has lost its managing partner to London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. Highly rated corporate finance partner David Beech is leaving the firm at the firm at the end of March. His departure will be a blow to Heatons as he is the relationship partner for Icelandic retail investor Baugur, which […]

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