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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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Blackstone silk seals small victory for Tesco ahead of CAT hearing

Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has helped Tesco rebut an OFT request for cheese-pricing information in the build up to a major appeal. Next month sees Tesco appear before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to appeal a £10m fine issued last July by the OFT for the supermarket giant’s role in fixing the price of […]

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Payne Hicks Beach marriage-dissolution maven Fiona Shackleton may be a proven force when it comes to advising on divorce – having represented Princes Andrew and Charles, former Beatle Paul McCartney and singer Madonna – but one client is less satisfied with her savvy when it comes to child support. Banker Christopher Smith is suing Payne […]

Outer Temple takes on Doughty Street silk

Doughty Street Chambers’ Christopher Gibson QC has defected to rival set Outer Temple Chambers. Gibson, who specialises in medical law and professional negligence, is the second silk to quit Doughty Street in a week, with Richard Hermer QC leaving the join Matrix (14 March 2012). Gibson has experience in cases involving children’s birth injuries, psychiatric […]

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Channel Islands imports must carry VAT, court rules

High Street retailers will not escape VAT on imports into the UK from the Channel Islands, the High Court has ruled. Mr Justice Mitting rejected a judicial review bid by Jersey and Guernsey against the Government’s decision to stop imports of goods by mail order from the islands being VAT free. The market, which is […]

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