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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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For Luthra & Luthra’s founding partner Rajiv Luthra the future of the firm lies in his young recruits. He is keen to install and maintain high levels of professional conduct in the India-based firm’s lawyers. “We are running a world-class institution where the rules and ethics are kept to the highest standard,” he says. Luthra […]

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With a number of firms looking to establish themselves in Birmingham, the battle for clients is set to intensify. But is there enough work to go round? The face of Birmingham’s mid-market is changing. Although, arguably, once dominated by Martineau Johnson along with the Birmingham branch of Cobbetts, recent months have seen an invasion of […]

RJ Reynolds appoints new GC after management overhaul

RJ Reynolds Tobacco, the second-largest tobacco company in the US, has appointed Martin Holton as general counsel. The company and its parent, Reynolds America Inc, have undergone a series of top-level personnel changes in recent months. Julia Lambeth was appointed executive vice president and general counsel to the parent company in August. Lambeth replaced Chales […]

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