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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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Nicholson Graham hires ISL counsel

Nicholson Graham & Jones is taking on the former senior legal counsel at ISL Worldwide as a partner in its cross-departmental sports group. Jay Gillman-Wells, who was also head of ISL’s internet and new media division, will develop exploitation of television and media rights with the intention of creating a one-stop-shop in the firm for […]

Irwin Mitchell loses top partner to regional rival

Leading partner Hugo Stephens is quitting Irwin Mitchell for a new home at regional rival Pinsent Curtis. Stephens and his five-strong team will join Pinsents’ major projects group – one of the eight markets the national firm recently earmarked to become core practice areas. The departures are a blow to Irwin Mitchell, one of the […]

Isaacs leaves 4-5 Gray’s Inn for 3-4 South Square

Top silk Stuart Isaacs QC is leaving 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square following the failed merger with Monckton Chambers. Two juniors at the chambers are also leaving but the set has tempted in a senior junior from Fountain Court. Leading commercial and European silk Isaacs is quitting after 22 years to join 3-4 South Square on […]

Morgan Lewis loses partner to e-company

Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner John Parker has left the business and finance department to join a new management team at new media and e-commerce company AirClic. Parker joins as executive vice president of business development and legal at the company. He says: “I was working with AirClic as its outside counsel. It is a […]

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