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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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Dibb Lupton Alsop to merge with Scots firm

Dibb Lupton Alsop is cementing a deal with Scottish law firm Bird Semple, to become the first English firm to enter an Anglo-Scottish merger. Plans to merge are set to be concluded before the end of the year. A Scottish source says: “Bird Semple staff have been told that the merger plans should be finalised […]

Authorities test the UK's waterways

Roger Pearson reports on the British Waterways Board’s failed High Court fight against water being discharged into its canal. The High Court has ruled against the British Waterways Board (BWB) in a test case likely to have major implications for water authorities and owners of riparian rights. The case was one which has been watched […]

Hamilton takes on Fayed

What is being billed as the last major libel action of the millennium is scheduled to start today (Monday). Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton is suing Harrods boss, Mohammed Al Fayed over cash-for-questions allegations said to have destroyed Hamilton’s political career. The way for the action was paved by the Law Lords when they ruled […]

Norton Rose re-elects Lewis

Norton Rose has opted to maintain the status quo and have voted in senior partner, David Lewis for a second three-year term. Lewis’s re-election, which was uncontested, follows the recent agreement within the firm to give managing partner, Roger Birkby a third crack of the whip. A mergers and acquisitions lawyer, Lewis will continue to […]

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