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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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Manches links up with Rubensteins

London and Oxford commercial firm Manches & Co is merging with old Gray’s Inn solicitors Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale next week. The surprise move will combine a potent mix of specialist expertise and strengthen existing niche areas of both practices within a new top 100 firm. It is expected to have a u15 million […]

SIF is nailing criminal firms to wall

Criminal solicitors are being “well and truly stuffed by the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF)”, conference delegates were told. Chair Judith Naylor, of Barnsley’s Orsborn Naylor, said criminal practitioners were having to pay over the odds and that the group would be pushing for changes. “There has been no claim by a criminal practitioner for at […]

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