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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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W&C raids McDermott for London cap markets team

White & Case has raided McDermott Will & Emery for two capital markets partners to join its equity capital markets (ECM) team. Andrew Croxford and Andrew Caunt have joined the firm’s team which is actively seeking further lateral hires in London and Europe. Capital markets partner at White & Case, Tim Jeveons, commented: “The equity […]

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Linklaters has fired three associates from its Portugal office after discovering their plans to leave the firm and set up the Lisbon office of a major competitor. The document, called Project Iberia, was found saved on the desktop of one of Linklaters’ laptops, and detailed how the associates would leave the firm to launch a […]

Dickinson Dees hires three into chemicals

•Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has hired three new lawyers for its chemical & pharmaceuticals group. Patricia Barclay joins as a consultant from Vanguard Medical Group, now called Vernalis, where she was general counsel, and Alison Moss joins as an associate from Teesside-based Sembcorb Utilities. Simon Stuttaford joins as an assistant from Leuven University, Belgium, where […]

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