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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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Bolam out?

Does the Chief Medical Officer’s report into clinical negligence in the NHS signal the end of the Bolam test? Nicholas Wilkes discusses the merits of the old method as against new plans On 30 June 2003, Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson (main picture) published his long-awaited consultation paper, entitled ’Making Amends’. Commissioned because of […]

Uganda slaps media ban on lawyers

The Law Society of Uganda is to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in response to widespread concern among the legal profession after the country’s Law Council issued a statement imposing a media gag on lawyers. On 23 August, the Law Council issued a statement expressing its intent to enforce one of its 1977 Advocates […]

DLA raids Bogaert in Belgian tech push

Troubled Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke has lost a large proportion of its IT and telecoms team to DLA, including department head Patrick Van Eecke. The departures come after the firm removed itself from the Landwell network in June because of changes to legislation due to take effect in October, which place severe restrictions on […]

Simmons reels as Dewey Ballantine pulls off shock raid in Italy

In an aggressive push, Dewey Ballantine has acquired six partners to launch an Italian practice, tailor-made by former Simmons & Simmons rainmaker Bruno Gattai. Dewey’s Milan and Rome offices, which open on 1 October, will have the added fire of a London Italian desk, so that the practice mirrors the presence of Dewey’s target clients among the […]

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