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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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Ethnic minority lawyers hold conference

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Commission report slams civil court pay-out delays

CIVIL court delays compound the sense of unfairness felt by accident victims and add to their financial and emotional hardship, according to a new report. A Law Commission study reveals that damages awarded in personal injury cases are often too low to compensate for their long-term financial and physical suffering. It also confirms that there […]

Infrastructure advisers enjoy business boom

Law firms which advise on private infrastructure developments, such as power stations, pipelines and airports, enjoyed a business boom in 1993-1994, according to a new financial survey. Firms earned legal fees worth hundreds of millions of pounds advising on a thousand billion dollars’ worth of projects, says the report in Privatisation International magazine. Baker & […]

War veteran's battle over fees

A D-DAY veteran is fighting the legal profession’s “privileged position” on fees by taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights. Bill Shaw, 74, is striking a blow for litigants-in-person, whom he says are grossly discriminated against when claiming costs. He is taking his fight to Europe under Article 6 of the Convention […]

Speechly advises BDO

Speechly Bircham has been heavily involved in the merger between Arthur Andersen and much of BDO Binder Hamlyn. After the BDO Binder Hamlyn partnership ceased to practice on 1 October, the regional offices that were not part of the move entered new alliances with other firms. Speechlys advised seven of the regional firms. One links […]

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