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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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Certificates deadline warning

SOLICITORS were warned this week to provide the cash for their practising certificates or risk being struck off and sued by clients. Lawyers who miss the 1 November deadline could be forced to pay back fees, it has emerged. Each year the Law Society cancels about 3,000 certificates. The majority are solicitors’ who alert the […]

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