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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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Covingtons tie-up boosts City practice

US firms Covington & Burling and Howard Smith & Levin have merged to form a 400-lawyer firm, to be called Covington & Burling. The union ends rumours that Covington & Burling, which has a dual capability office in London, was about to merge with US firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz. Head of corporate at […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith partner Denis Chemla has been appointed as legal adviser to Kosovo’s temporary administration, United Nations Mission in Kosovo, to aid the process of legislative reform in the war-torn region. Paris-based Chemla is heading for Pristina on 27 September, where he will work for three months in the Office of Legal Affairs.

Acting confidently to build confidence

Certain sections of the media took great pleasure in reporting allegations about goings on at Cameron McKenna and its CIS group. For a while the hacks were round the door writing stories of wrongdoing at the heart of a profession that just a few weeks earlier The Lawyer had reported to be riding high as […]

Case of the week

Microsoft v the US Department of Justice. Hordes of bemused spectators heard the closing arguments of a titanic struggle between the world’s largest software company, headed by Bill Gates (pictured) and the US government, which is accusing Microsoft of being a monopoly, of increasing costs for the consumer, and of curbing industry innovation. Presiding judge, […]

ICI appoints a new company secretary

Chemicals giant ICI – currently restructuring its business – is appointing solicitor Debjani Jash to company secretary to replace Ken Rushton. Jash, who has been a solicitor in the group’s eight-lawyer legal department for four years, takes up the post on 1 January, replacing Rushton, who is retiring after 31 years in the post. ICI […]

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