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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 […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

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Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

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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Alex Nartmann argues for public High Court judgments

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Life in the windy city

Anne Gallagher visits Chicago’s hotspots to see where lawyers will spend their spare time While that loveable urchin Oliver sings for food on London’s stages, Chicago restaurateurs and bar keepers are the ones preparing for an onslaught of 20,000 hungry and thirsty lawyers expected to attend the American Bar Association’s annual meeting from 4 to […]

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A swinging affair over there

Networking heaven, chocolate CDs and US connections – three conference veterans give their views of the annual shindig Nigel Meeson is a barrister at Queen Elizabeth Building Chambers, Temple The ABA conference – “probably the biggest lawyer’s jamboree in the world”. Or so it could aptly be described since it is very much a social […]

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