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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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Lord Irvine is discovering that attack is not always the best form of defence. Furious at the Law Society’s high-profile national newspaper campaign against legal aid, Lord Irvine accused the society of “irresponsible scare mongering” and spreading lies. The result? An even higher-profile Law Society campaign with nearly every national newspaper running articles about the […]

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The firm I work for has recently had its first joint instruction purporting to arise from the Woolf reforms. The point I would like to bring is that when appointing joint experts it is vital to maintain communication. In this case, at the same time as appointing us the case was being settled. Our work […]

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Berrymans Lace Mawer and Dibb Lupton Alsop have been appointed to the legal panel for the newly formed North West Development Agency. They join Addleshaw Booth & Co and Eversheds on the panel that will advise on investment and regeneration projects covering the region, which stretches from Cumbria to Cheshire. Dibbs was formerly on the […]

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