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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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MORGAN Cole chairman John Bowen, who steered his firm through the merger last year, is to step down. Morgan Bruce, Bowen’s former firm, merged with Cole & Cole in November as part of a bid to dominate the M4 corridor. He is handing over his co-chairmanship to Guy Clarke, former managing partner at Morgan Bruce. […]

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Shearman's Paris chief deserts to Hammonds

FORMER Shearman & Sterling managing partner William Lee will this week join City firm Hammond Suddards. Lee, who managed the Paris office of the US firm, will take a consultative role in the corporate finance department as part of a strategic move to expand in the UK and internationally. He says: “Hammonds is a firm […]

Law Soc plans to cut OSS funds

The Law Society has announced plans to slash by a third the £9m budget of the beleaguered OSS in 2001. As it announced the plans it also pledged to tackle guilty firms and improve the procedure for complaints resolution. A managing partner of a top five firm says: “There’s a general acknowledgement that the OSS […]

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