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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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LAB loses some of its bite

A county court breach of contract dispute looks set to have major ramifications for legal aid. Solicitors involved in the case say that it lays down important guidelines on when the legal aid charge bites on recovered cash. It has, they say, revealed that certain funds which previously have been subject to the charge should […]

LAB defends counsels' advice

THE LEGAL Aid Board (LAB) has defended barristers against an attack on the quality of counsels’ opinions in legal aid cases by Gary Streeter, the parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s department. Last week, Streeter called for a crackdown on counsels’ opinions after accusing barristers of issuing over-optimistic opinions, which he claimed were leading to […]

Lords to rule on council duties

Local authority lawyers are anxiously awaiting a House of Lords decision that will decide how far cash-strapped councils need to go in providing social services to the community. Gloucestershire County Council has appealed an earlier decision that it had breached The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 by withdrawing cleaning services to a disabled […]

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