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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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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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Romania forces foreign law firms to change their names

In an attempt to temper the dominance of international firms in Bucharest, the Romanian government has ordered all foreign entities in the capital to change their names. Firms such as Linklaters & Alliance, CMS Cameron McKenna and Altheimer & Gray have all been told to give up their brands or face possible criminal prosecution.A law […]

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Tulkinghorn has never been one for exercise, suffering as he does from tennis elbow, housemaid’s knee, jogger’s nipple and parson’s nose. At most it’s a brisk walk to the Wig & Pen, where he briefs his counsel. Apart from the year he entered the London Marathon… but we don’t talk about that anymore. However, he […]

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Tulkinghorn is certain it can’t be true, but a little bird told him an amazing story about DLA’s Liverpool office recently. Apparently, when the partnership voting form came around on the formation of DLA’s European alliance D&P, the finer details escaped some of those in the ‘Pool. They blithely ticked the ‘Yes’ box safe in […]

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