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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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The Law Society has been subject to responsibilities under discrimination law since the early 1970s. These include controlling admission to the profession, offering services to the public, handling complaints about solicitors and its responsibilities as an employer. More recently its duties have broadened arising from the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. Under this act, the […]

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The latest in an occasional series entitled ‘What were they thinking of?’ is this little offering from a newly merged Stockport firm.As you are probably fully aware – Tulkinghorn expects that all his readers are au fait with the Stockport legal scene – Sinclair Abson Smith has merged with Walls Johnston to become an 11-partner […]

Lawrence Graham drops investment arm

Lawrence Graham is hiving off its investment management arm to avoid regulation by the Financial Services Authority From 1 May the firm’s investment division will be operated by Maidstone-based Ashcourt Asset Management, which also runs the investment management wing of Blake Lapthorn, Brachers and Wilsons. The sum of funds it manages will now total £250m.

Browne Jacobson hire pulls in Legal Risk Management as client

The expanding construction team at Browne Jacobson has received instructions from major construction insurer Legal Risk Management for the first time The client win follows the firm’s capture of construction partner Russell Deards from Midlands rival Nelsons. Deards, who was formerly a partner and head of construction at Nelsons, joined Browne Jacobson a month ago. […]

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