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Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

By Sarah Green This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners…

Letting standards slip: Hotel owners cannot enforce brand standards

By Edward John An appeal judge refused to grant a hotel owner an order for specific performance requiring the tenant to maintain active trade and keep and run premises in accordance with brand standards. In Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd and ors v Adda Hotels, Zinc Hotels failed in its attempt to force Adda Hotels and […]

Luxembourg: Effect of the insurance distribution directive on the life insurance industry

Directive (EU) 2016/97 on Insurance Distribution of 20 January 2016 (“IDD” or “the Directive”) harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products (“IBIPs”) by insurance intermediaries, insurance companies, their employees, and ancillary insurance intermediaries in the European Union. The objective of the present article is not to summarize […]

Bulgaria to introduce derogations from the EU General Data Protection Regulation

The Bulgarian government has announced a set of specific requirements relating to the processing of personal data that it plans to introduce to national legislation in addition to the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Such specific requirements (commonly known as “derogations”) are allowed by the GDPR in certain areas, such […]

Glencore awarded anti-suit injunction in DRC

In Kamoto Copper Company SA v Africa Horizons Investments Ltd and Ventora Development SASU [2018] EWHC 1086 (Comm) , Mr Justice Males ordered an anti-suit injunction against the defendant companies on the claimant’s application after the second defendant commenced proceedings in the DRC claiming US$2.857bn in relation to the alleged assignment of a royalties agreement…

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Pressing case for reform

Aspects of the criminal justice system, such as the use of public interest immunity certificates and the latitude of judges in sentencing repeat offenders, have been much in the news of late. Lord Justice Woolf’s spotlight on the civil justice system has led to calls for a similar examination of the criminal justice system. Many […]

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There have been a number of recent pointers to the strength of the legal market in Ireland. In January 1996, Arthur Cox became the first firm from outside Northern Ireland to establish a practice in Belfast. Its decision was apparently made some time before the ceasefire. And, at the end of 1995, another of Dublin’s […]

Hextalls considers appealing against Silverstone damages

City firm Hextall, Erskine & Co is considering whether to appeal against an order that it pay £3.5 million in damages for negligent advice it gave to Silverstone Circuits, the company which owns the famous Silverstone motor racing track. The case revolved around the purchase by Silverstone of a half share in car retail business […]

In terms of growth, if not number of fee earners, Dublin firms Dillon Eustace and Matheson Ormsby Prentice head the Republic of Ireland Top 25 table

In terms of growth, if not number of fee earners, Dublin firms Dillon Eustace and Matheson Ormsby Prentice head the Republic of Ireland Top 25 table. Dillon Eustace has added 12 fee earners, including two partners and four assistants. And MOP, which is headed by Heinz supremo Tony O’Reilly, has gone up 11 fee earners, […]

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