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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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Solicitors will refuse to carry out advocacy in criminal cases during the forthcoming criminal bar strike, even if a court demands that they appear. The Law Society has told solicitors that they must not act, or continue to act, if a client “cannot be represented with competence or diligence”. Additionally, if a solicitor is not qualified as an advocate, […]

Tax alliance snares UK firm while doubling in size

Taxand, the alliance of independent tax boutiques born out of the ashes of Andersen Legal, has welcomed 10 new to its network including UK firm Chiltern. While initially working towards doubling its size in 18 months, Taxand has achieved its aim in just six months and it is hoping to secure one more member firm […]

A&O’s Keal exits for Simpson Thacher

Allen & Overy (A&O) heavyweight Tony Keal is moving to US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett after 23 years at the magic circle firm. It is known that Keal has been in discussion with the A&O senior management for several months about his exit. Keal acts for key Simpson Thacher client Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) […]

SJ Berwin recaptures Usher from Dundas

SJ Berwin has won back senior competition partner Tom Usher from Dundas & Wilson almost 18 months after he defected from the firm. Usher left SJ Berwin to join the Edinburgh office of D&W as head of EU competition in January 2004. At the time he had hoped to base the majority of his work […]

White & Case rejig sees capital markets halved

White & Case rejig sees capital markets halved” /> White & Case has overhauled its London banking and finance practice groups in a controversial restructuring that has seen the capital markets team slashed. The shake-up has seen the high-yield and structured finance teams split from cap-ital markets to join the bank finance group. This has […]

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