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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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All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Norton Rose Fulbright has strengthened its Brussels presence with the hire of longstanding Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate and competition partner James Modrall (17 September 2013). Modrall (often known as Jay) has advised on aspects of last year’s takeover […]

Health Alert — 16 September 2013

DLA Piper has published the 16 September issue of its Health Alert publication, which focuses on judgments, legislations and reports in the health sector. If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the DLA Piper briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.

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Brick Court’s Nicholas Green QC joins the High Court

The joint head of Brick Court Chambers Nicholas Green QC has been appointed to the High Court bench.  Green, a former Bar Council chair, will sit as a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division at the High Court from next month. The appointment was announced yesterday (17 September 2013) following the retirement of Mr Justice Mackay, […]

DLA Piper advises PFW Aerospace GmbH on the sale of its French subsidiary Spécitubes

DLA Piper has advised PFW Aerospace GmbH, an Airbus subsidiary, on the sale of its French subsidiary Spécitubes to Leggett & Platt. Founded in 1915, Spécitubes specialises in the manufacturing, bending and supplying of titanium, nickel alloys and stainless steel tubes for all uses in industrial and aerospace applications. Spécitubes has two production sites located in […]

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The bar is the preserve of tradition in the profession, but increasingly barristers are being forced to compete with their solicitor counterparts. As the bar considers how best to deal with this transformative period, we spoke to four chambers heads about their vision for the future. Brick Court joint head Jonathan Hirst QC – whose […]

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