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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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Law Society rejects move for women's seat on the council

The Law Society council voted last week not to give women their own seat on the council, despite the backing of the president and the Association of Women Solicitors. The proposal, designed specifically to increase the representation of women solicitors, was defeated by 33 to 31, with the six women councillors present split equally for […]

When is charity not a charity?

Is it time to change our ideas about what is and what is not a charity? More importantly, should changes in the perceptions, goals and techniques of charities be backed by changes to the law? Probably the most famous example of an institution that is a charity in law, but not in public opinion, is […]

IT is only just beginning…

Ten years ago, barely a lawyer in the land had heard of the Internet, and the World Wide Web had not yet been invented. Today, tens of thousands of lawyers across the world use the Internet for email, while a growing number of firms are setting out their stalls on the Web in the belief […]

Progress through struggle

Back in 1987 it was not possible to give any accurate statistics as to the numbers of African, Caribbean and Asian solicitors and barristers, owing to the fact there was no ethnic monitoring in either branch of the profession. It is known, however, that minority lawyers tended to choose to become barristers rather than solicitors, […]

SIF shortfall now nearly £500m

In a desperate bid to limit the damage of a hole of almost £500m in the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), the Law Society is launching a task force to examine how it can ease the pain for law firms faced with massive hikes in contributions. In a report that shocked the the Law Society’s Council […]

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