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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Philpott

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ILFORD-based IMYJS, the document imaging specialist, has announced a facility enabling its R/KYV system to publish documents on the Internet. The ‘publisher and viewer’ software allows the pages to be read internally or externally without having to gain access to the main imaging system, says Bill Cannings, managing director of IMYJS. Firms can use the […]

Law Shop exceeds its own targets

THE ACTON Law Shop, the first self-funding law centre partially supported by firms ranging from Clifford Chance to Bindman & Co, celebrates a successful first year this week. Begun in May 1994, the Law Shop is a charity hybrid of a legal aid firm and a law centre. It employs lawyers and advice workers to […]

Firm treads new path in first switch to IMRO

Investment management company THESIS has become the first law firm-based investment adviser to win authorisation from regulatory body IMRO. Anthony Wands, managing director of THESIS, part of Thomas Eggar Verral Bowles, says the decision to switch from Fimbra to IMRO regulation was based on a feeling that the firm had outgrown the regulatory regimes of […]

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