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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Case of the week

Solicitor’s wife and Welsh nursery owner Margaret Price is expected to face a four-week court trial in connection with child cruelty allegations. A former assistant at Price’s Playtime Nursery in Brecon told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court of how children under four years old, who were sent to the punishment playpen known as the lobster pot, […]

Allen & Overy doubles its new partner intake

Allen & Overy is promoting more than double the number of assistant solicitors to partners this year compared to 1999. Next month, 40 new partners will be created. In May last year, only 17 were made up. John Rink, managing partner at A&O, says the boost in numbers reflects the growth of the firm in […]

Quote of the week

“I was born to be a barrister.” – Lord Brennan QC, last year’s chairman of the Bar Council and a tenant of 39 Essex Street.

Sector Insight:Heavy Industry

The traditional heavy industry sector has been forced to move with the times in order to keep up with the e-commerce boom. Claire Smith and Tamzin Hindmarch report on what the sector now expects from its legal advisers These are hard times for manufacturers in the UK. The traditional heavy industry sector is faced with […]

Commercial and regional bar miss out in silks list 2000

The commercial bar and the regions have been dealt the poorest hand by this year’s silks list. Most noticeably, magic circle sets One Essex Court and Fountain Court failed to secure a single new QC between them, although they are both understood to have made several applications. However, this can simply be seen as redressing […]

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