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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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Macfarlanes’ former managing partner has forsaken life in the City fast lane to join provincial firm Mundays as chief executive. Roger Formby reckons that 38 years at the City firm – his entire working life as a solicitor – and 12 years as its managing partner was “long enough” and it was time for a […]

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SJ Berwin has raided a Spanish law firm to establish its own Madrid office and strengthen its Brussels team. The City firm has taken on two teams from B Cremades y Asociados in Madrid, one of Spain’s largest law firms. In Madrid, senior corporate partner Carlos Pazos will bring two assistants with him to set […]

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