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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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Lower insolvency fees not the answer

Chris Mallon says the Ferris report is surprisingly good news for practitioners. Chris Mallon is head of insolvency at Biddle. July 1997 was not a particularly good month for insolvency practitioners. In a Luxembourg judgment, the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) had their fees for the gestion controllee reduced substantially. […]

In brief: Dibbs designs SOAP case management system

City firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has developed a case management system designed to make the costs and intricacies of litigation obvious to the client. It is called the SOAP system, which stands for Style of Approach Initiative.

Law Society in the dock

For the profession to have responded imaginatively to the challenge posed by Diana’s death, it would have needed some leadership. But the Law Society is currently in no state to step into this particular breach. Its total failure to make any attempt to co-ordinate the profession’s pro bono activities is legendary. This week The Lawyer […]

It has been a good week for

Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods’ John Beevor, who has been appointed as Honorary Consul to Estonia. The post, which was granted by the Estonian government because of the firm’s close links with the country, will mean Beevor has the authority to issue visas and other official paperwork to Estonian residents and visitors in the UK. […]

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