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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 a step in the right direction

The final piece of the conditional fees jigsaw is in place. On 3 July, the Rules and Practice Direction came into force to give substance to the provisions of the Access to Justice Act and its associated regulations, which had a commencement date of 1 April. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) fought hard […]

Digests

It’s been a good week for… Charity workers John Brock and Ruth Wynder, who were released on bail after seven months in prison. The pair were the first charity workers to be jailed under Section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 after King’s Lynn Crown Court heard that they knowingly allowed heroin to […]

A VIEW FROM HONG KONG

It is said that Hong Kong is the most successful BOT (Build Operate Transfer) project in history. Many things have changed since it became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China at midnight on 1 July 1997, but much remains the same. Property and share prices continue to fluctuate, more than 6.9 […]

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Converging on Brussels

The new economy has created a whole set of competition problems, and the European Commission is struggling to keep up. Dearbail Jordan reports on how competition lawyers are coping with convergence When the European Commission began policing mergers more than a decade ago, the concept of a new technology conglomerate was merely a twinkle in […]

A&O eyes up south London for new site

Allen & Overy may have become the first magic circle firm to move south of the river when it is pushed out of its One New Change headquaters in 2006. Landlord the Bank of England has announced plans to sell the site when the lease runs out. The firm has set up a subcommittee to […]

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