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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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BLP hiring spree nets Linklaters tax partner

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its high-profile lateral recruitment drive, adding Linklaters tax partner Neal Todd to its partnership. Todd was head of Linklaters’ international tax unit in Paris between 1994 and 2000 before returning to London. His recruitment gives BLP’s tax practice six partners. BLP head of tax John Overs said: “We’re looking […]

Pannone invests in web design company

Pannone has embarked on an innovative relationship with the company it hired to improve its website by investing in it. Pannone ran a competitive tender exercise earlier this year to find a company to re-engineer its website and optimise search engine results. The successful bidder was I-Com, a Manchester-based company established just two years ago. […]

Osborne Clarke scoops second Nomura litigation mandate

Osborne Clarke has scooped its second high-profile instruction from Nomura in as many weeks with the mandate to advise the Japanese bank on the latest employment claim it faces. The bank faces an unfair dismissal claim brought by Stefano Ghersi, previously head of debt capital markets at Nomura. Ghersi is also claiming breach of his […]

Co-op names seven-firm advisory panel

Co-operative Legal Services has selected seven firms to make up its first legal panel, five months after the Co-operative Group launched its dedicated legal division. The seven firms will initially carry out legal expenses insurance work in motor and household claims, but the panel is likely to expand practices such as property, private client and […]

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