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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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In brief: Masons sends IT partner to Hong Kong

City firm Masons is sending IT specialist partner Peter Bullock to set up a new IT department in its Hong Kong office. Hong Kong partner Timothy Hill, senior associate Richard Bates and associate Leonora Ip will join Bullock’s team.

In brief: Wragge & Co hires public sector partner

Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has appointed Peter Keith-Lucas as partner in charge of its public sector practice. Keith-Lucas, a former director of legal and administration services for Swansea City and County, will join the firm on 17 November to head a 60-strong legal section. Wragge & Co also hired Taylor Woodrow legal director Peter […]

Temple set prepares for mediation future

Littleton Chambers is to develop an extensive mediation service for clients in anticipation of a move away from advocacy work at the Bar. Twelve of the civil and commercial law set’s 35 barristers have now undertaken mediation training as part of a policy to develop its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice. In a pioneering move, […]

Remortgaging service could push solicitors out of picture

A subsidiary of banking giant Abbey National has launched a new 10-day remortgaging service that will cut the borrower’s solicitor out of the remortgaging process. The Household Mortgage Corporation (HMC) will this week go public with its Fastrak service that guarantees a remortgage within 10 working days. If the deadline is missed, the £200 fee […]

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