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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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Holman Fenwick in management shake-up

For the first time, Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed a managing partner, while senior partner Robert Wilson has been replaced by Roderick O’Sullivan. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, his coincides with a grass roots reorganisation of the firm’s departments in an attempt to dispel its image as a shipping practice. Previously, departments were split into […]

Simmons Trenité aids Greenfield’s mm02 bid

A close relationship with Greenfield Capital Partners paid off for Simmons & Simmons Trenité last week when the Dutch private equity house emerged as the successful bidder in mm02’s auction of its loss-making Dutch subsidiary. The deal comes just eight months after Simmons’ Rotterdam arm advised Greenfield on the acquisition of Dutch fixed-line telecoms operator […]

Eversheds instructed by Gresham College

Eversheds has been appointed as the sole legal adviser and company secretary to Gresham College following a competitive tender. The appointment is for 12 months and is a first for the independent college, which has previously always retained the position in-house. The retirement of the company secretary prompted the organisation to look into outsourcing the […]

CC drops number of partnership promotions

Clifford Chance has slimmed down on partner promotions this year, making up 31 lawyers compared with 39 new partners in 2002. London, like last year, announced the largest number of partner promotions with nine associates joining the partnership. However, this was down on last year, when 15 lawyers were made up. First revealed on www. […]

Klett Rooney hikes first-year pay

Pittsburgh-based Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling has raised its first-year associate salaries from $105,000 (£66,700) to $110,000 (£69,900) in its Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Newark and New Jersey offices. Partner William Schorling said that the move follows a decision by several Delaware-based firms to raise their first year salaries to $110,000 in their Wilmington, Delaware office. In […]

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