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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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In this issue, the firm discusses the adoption of the law on administrative co-operation in the field of direct taxation, the introduction of the bill regarding deferred taxation of unrealised capital gains upon migration, new VAT provisions and more. If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to […]

When is a termination payment a penalty?

The courts are frequently asked to determine whether a clause providing for payment of a fixed sum on breach of contract is a penalty (and unenforceable under English law) or a genuine pre-estimate of loss (‘liquidated damages’), in which case the clause will be enforceable. The approach of the courts can be summarised as: ‘Whether […]

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