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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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LWD partner heads for accountants

LEADING tax partner Anthony Davis has quit City firm Lovell White Durrant to join Big Six accountancy firm Ernst & Young in April as tax partner in the financial services group. Davis will be joining the firm at partner level, and consequently will not be practising as a solicitor. Ernst & Young has said it […]

In brief: IBA backs UN overseer in libel case

The International Bar Association has written to the Malaysian secretary general, urging him to support a call to the Malaysian government to prevent a libel action brought by two commercial companies in Malaysia against a UN special rapporteur. The companies have each pressed for RM30 million (approximately £7m) in an action which relates to an […]

Decherts plucks six from Mcguires

US firm Dechert Price & Rhoads, which is allied to Titmuss Sainer Dechert, has poached six lawyers from the securities practice of Mcguire Woods Battle & Boothe in Washington DC. The move was led by Wallace Timmeny, senior securities partner at Mcguires and ex-deputy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, who […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 28/01/97

Challenge to alteration in VAT assessment arrangements R v Customs and Excise Commissioners ex parte Littlewoods Group (1997) QBD (Tucker J) 14/1/97 Summary: Unsuccessful challenge to Customs and Excise changes in the assessment of VAT on suppliers which accept payment for their goods by instalments. Application for judicial review of the commissioners’ decision contained in […]

In brief: Mackay says no to masonic judges list

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, has refused a request by the Home Affairs Select Committee to compile a register of judges who are freemasons. The committee is investigating masonic links in the judiciary and police, and chairman Sir Ivan Lawrence told Lord Mackay: “Our difficulty is that there is a perception by the public and […]

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