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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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NORTHERN Irish lawyers will face a major shift in their working lives if there is lasting peace in the province. Until now, terrorism has generated legal work and led to attempted coercion of, and death threats to, both lawyers and judges. Richard Ferguson QC, chair of the English Bar’s Criminal Bar Association, says: “With the […]

Paisners oversees Ascot shake-up

Paisner & Co is advising on the £173 million restructuring of leisure group Ascot Holdings. If successful, the refinancing will eliminate negative net worth of around u25 million and will replace this with shareholder funds of between u51 million and u61 million. The legal team is led by partner Keith Stella, with partners Stephen Nelson […]

CPS draws up tough assault guidelines

NEW guidelines on assault charges are set to make it easier to convict threatening telephone callers of actual or grievous bodily harm. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidelines to police and prosecutors contains a checklist of injuries and other factors for each crime of assault, designed to increase consistency across Britain. But prosecutors will have […]

Litigation Writs 06/09/94

A firm of Birmingham estate agents which fell victim to an alleged cheque fraud when one of its bookkeepers made out cheques for hundreds of thousands of pounds to herself, are suing Barclays Bank and the Midland Bank claiming they should never have honoured the forgeries. Steven Champion & Slater of Birmingham, seek repayment of […]

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