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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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Watson Burton targets employment growth

New partner to strengthen employment team and build up advocacy practice for employment tribunals North East firm Watson Burton has bolstered its employment practice with the hire of Chris Graham, a partner at Leeds-based Ford & Warren.Graham’s focus is on the transport sector. He brings many years experience acting for haulage companies and bus and […]

Asbestos: why are UK courts so hard on its victims?

Two cases, two very different stories. Brendan Malkin finds the US putting the UK to shame Troubled engineering group ABB has put aside almost $1bn (£642.3m) to cover asbestos litigation liabilities in the US arising from subsidiary Combustion Engineering (CE). ABB is now considering placing CE into voluntary bankruptcy. Another US company, Federal-Mogul, has considerable […]

Law Soc aids death threat judge in Brazil

The Law Society has intervened in the case of a recently appointed Brazilian judge who has found his life in danger after attempting to combat corruption Dr Cristiano Arantes e Silva has been the sole district judge of the Xinguara region since April. His house has been shot at, defamatory letters have circulated through his […]

Clarification

In the 28 October issue, it was incorrectly reported that Beachcroft Wansbroughs was guilty of overcharging Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) and ordered to repay fees. We would like to clarify that the firm accepted that it could not prove compliance with Rule 15 and reached an amicable settlement directly with ISHA.

Mishcons in £84K dispute with client

West End firm Mishcon de Reya is suing client Breasy Medical Equipment for almost £84,000 in a dispute relating to unpaid bills. The Lawyer understands that the London company has allegedly failed to pay the firm a total of £83,926.61 for legal fees in connection with property litigation advice. Mishcons declined to comment. Husnara Begum

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