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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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SA lawyers plan to unite

South Africa’s leading black and white lawyers are to meet at the end of this month to thrash out a plan to create a unified post-apartheid body to govern themselves. The country’s attorneys – the equivalent of solicitors – are regulated, under a 1974 statute, by the four provincial law societies of Natal, the Cape, […]

Teething troubles expected as City switches to Crest dealing

The introduction of the Crest electronic share dealing system in the City this week is awaited anxiously by lawyers who will have to deal with a plethora of new paperwork. Different documentation will be needed for rights issues and takeovers to take account of the Crest system which has been developed under the auspices of […]

Result due in vital CJD link test case

Judgment on the test case alleging a link between Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and human growth hormone treatment is expected this week. The test case at the High Court, which lawyers say was fought to the hilt, is believed to be the first CJD case to be litigated anywhere in the world, as well as the first […]

Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

Theodore Goddard’s move to sell off its Eastern European office to its former alliance partner, US firm Dewey Ballantine, is another example of the trans-Atlantic dream failing. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, in the name of business strategy, firms looked at every option to expand. Globalisation seemed to provide the opportunity and many […]

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