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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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Lovells star moves to DLA Piper China

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has poached Lovells lawyer Rocky Lee to head its venture capital and private equity practice in Beijing. The California-qualified lawyer has worked on a number of high-profile China venture capital matters and specialises in corporate finance, foreign direct investment and M&A. Lee has also worked on a number of cross-border […]

Women’s club creates legal kitty to aid access to justice

A new online women’s group is establishing a ‘housekeeping kitty’ to provide access to justice for women who cannot afford lawyers. The recently launched Womens Club International plans to offer interest-free loans and discretionary grants as a core service for members if they need to go to the law but cannot afford it. The new […]

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Silicon Valley-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the firm reinstated after failing in its attempt to have a legal malpractice case against it reheard.The original case, heard in 2003, concerned a complaint by chemica… Boston-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the […]

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Freshfields scoops HMV over Simmons on Permira bid

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped the lead instruction over Simmons & Simmons to advise HMV on a potential bid for the struggling entertainment retailer by Permira. HMV selected the magic circle firm for the role after private equity house Permira made a preliminary bid approach. Freshfields has acted for HMV in the past, but it […]

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