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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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Singapore review group says no to full liberalisation of legal market

Following recommendations by a review committee to the government, Singapore is not expected to give the go-ahead for a full liberalisation of the country’s legal services sector. The review outlines proposals for a period of three to five years and covers all aspects of the local legal scene. Recommendations are understood to have been made […]

Clearer definition will help firms’ CSR commitments

It intrigues me how people in the legal profession frequently use the terms ‘pro bono’, ‘volunteering’ and ‘CSR’ as an interchangeable commodity. Having been a corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager for 12 months, it still intrigues me how people in the legal profession frequently use the terms ‘pro bono’, ‘volunteering’ and ‘CSR’ as an interchangeable […]

Forsters acts on invista development

Forsters has exchanged contracts for long-term client Invista Real Estate on a town centre redevelopment in Carmarthen. The firm was instructed on the £73m deal in March this year, acting on behalf of investment funds for Clerical Medical and St James’s Place, which are managed by Invista. Invista will purchase a vacant site and will […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Magic circle muscles in on AIM as value skyrockets

Ashurst , Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DLA Piper, LG and Norton Rose have dominated Hemscott’s first client league table of top 100 AIM companies. Traditional FTSE players such as Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have also started picking up on the bigger-ticket AIM action as the market has matured. Firms outside […]

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