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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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In brief: Westminster University sets up law centre

A new Centre for the Study of Law, Society and Popular Culture is being established by the University of Westminster School of Law. Funded by the university, the centre will aim “to establish a thriving centre of academic excellence in both teaching and research within a multi-disciplinary context” and “to promote the study of the […]

SFO clocks up 72 cases in one year

THE SERIOUS Fraud Office worked on a total of 72 cases during the year from 5 April 1994 to 4 April 1995, says its annual report. Thirteen trials were concluded resulting in the conviction of 16 individuals and 15 defendants were acquitted. The workload was dominated by fraud on banks, financial institutions, and on creditors […]

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MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has set up a pioneering unit to strengthen its expertise in the venture capital market. The section, headed by new partner Darryl Cooke, is one of only a handful of specialist venture capital units in the country. It will concentrate on advising both capital companies and their clients during […]

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