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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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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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British American Tobacco (BAT) has found a unique way to scupper anti-smoking litigation, by claiming the judge is a potential litigant. Florida circuit judge Robert Kaye has been presiding over the Engle class action by former smokers against various US cigarette makers, including BAT offshoot Brown & Williamson, for a year. However the judge is […]

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An Australian lawyer who called a supreme court judge a “w*nker” was not guilty of contempt of court, another senior judge has ruled. Solicitor, Simon Harry Parsons, was charged with contempt after another solicitor reported him for accusing Justice Barry Beach of “having his hand on his dick”. The comments were made when Parsons was […]

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