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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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Allen & Overy’s corporate partner Derek Baird has been quietly building up the magic circle firm’s private equity practice, scoring new client Exponent and advising on Germany’s biggest buyout this year in the same week. Baird, who joined Allen & Overy (A&O) last January from Lovells, brought with him Charterhouse, which purchased German company Ista […]

Morgan Lewis eyes London expansion

Philadelphia-headquartered Morgan Lewis & Bockius is launching an ambitious growth plan for its 32-lawyer London office. London managing partner Bob Goldspink said he hoped to increase office headcount by 40 per cent, to 45 lawyers, by the end of 2007. “We’ve grown from 25 to 32 last year,” said Goldspink. “So the growth will be […]

No more exam excuses to avoid Pro Bono Week as organisers shift date

A campaign to raise awareness of pro bono in the UK has succeeded in one of its key aims – moving National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) from June to November. The week will now coincide with this year’s annual pro bono conference on 17 November, which is set to be the largest ever in the […]

DLA drops Rotterdam to focus on Amsterdam

DLA Piper has today announced it will divorce its Rotterdam office as the firm seeks to ramp up its Amsterdam presence. The firm announced today that the Rotterdam office, which specialises in international trade, transport and insurance, will shut on 1 June and will relaunch as an independent boutique. Managing partner of DLA Piper in […]

Charlie Falconer’s empire just got bigger

The announcement today that the Home Office is to be splitinto two, with the justice functions amalgamated with theDepartment for Constitutional Affairs, gives the currentSecretary of State for Constitutional Affairs an even biggertoybox than usual. The responses from the legal profession have been guardedso far. Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, was the quickest offthe […]

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