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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Taking on girl power in court

Roger Pearson looks at how the Spice Girls have so far failed in their bid to prevent an Italian company using their photographs. The Spice Girls are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in two pieces of litigation at the High Court. As reported on this page (The Lawyer, 10 June), solicitor Ian Clifford has launched […]

Hillsborough case goes into extra time

The case of the four members of the South Yorkshire Police Force who claimed damages over mental trauma they claimed they suffered as a result of involvement in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in April 1989 may now go to the House of Lords. Three Law Lords have already considered an application by the Chief Constable […]

Law Soc sits on survey results

THE results of a controversial Law Society survey asking solicitors whether they want the rules on referral payments tightened up has been kept under wraps by the society for more than three months. Law Society staff received 1,000 replies at the beginning of April from a consultation on the Solicitors’ Introduction and Referral Code. It […]

Beauty parades. Shaping up for the competition

Beauty parades have become an inevitable feature of the process of winning new assignments in the mergers and acquisitions field, with sophisticated clients trying to choose the best-qualified and most competitive team of lawyers for a particular job. The use of beauty parades has accelerated in recent years because of a greater number of in-house […]

Comply with us

A major revelation at Asim’s agm was the joint discussions with the Law Society over regulation, reports Mary Heaney. At ASIM’s recent annual general meeting, the Law Society and Asim were shown to be working together in order to agree standard documentation for compliance. Stuart Bushell, head of investment business regulation at the Office for […]

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