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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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Fifty jobs to go as crunch hits Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy is set to axe up to 50 jobs, including 20 fee-earning roles, as the firm seeks to stave off the full impact of the credit crunch. As first reported on The Lawyer.com (20 June), the West End firm has opened a 30-day consultation with all staff as part of a firmwide strategic review. […]

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Simmons & Simmons smashes PEP target

Simmons & Simmons has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by nearly 22 per cent, smashing through its target. The firm recorded PEP of £647,000 well clear of the £600,000 target the firm set a year ago. The figure marks an increase of more than £100,000 on last year’s figure of £532,000. Early […]

Maitland, Harneys in Cayman ventures

Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins. Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins. Maitland has traditionally opted to position itself as an offshore trust services company, but managing […]

Kennedys acquires Davies Lavery

Kennedys acquires Davies Lavery” />Kennedys is set to grow a national network of offices after merging with insurance boutique Davies Lavery. The merger will give Kennedys an instant footing in Birmingham and Maidstone, as well as a larger base in Chelmsford. A merger with Kershaw Abbott Solicitors in March saw the firm move into Manchester. […]

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