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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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Cloisters splits up after crisis meeting

Cloisters is poised to split its civil and criminal teams. Cloisters’ criminal and civil groups held crisis talks last week and it is understood that the 15-strong criminal team will leave chambers. But the team’s destination has yet to be finalised. One option under discussion would create the UK’s first criminal “super-set” through a tripartite […]

Enough is enough

Just what is Michael Napier doing? As senior partner at Irwin Mitchell he must surely see that the Law Society is fundamentally flawed, increasingly irrelevant and potentially a problem for the development of a 21st century legal business in London. His decision to stand in the presidential elections – whether a last gasp attempt at […]

Weil away the hours

Weil Gotshal & Manges is not planning to increase individual targets to 1,700 billable hours per year (“US firms retaliate in war for London’s top lawyers… as they try to match UK billable hours,” The Lawyer, 5 June). While we did substantially increase our lawyers’ remuneration in March (starting at £50,000 for newly qualified lawyers), […]

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Bad day on Saturday – I couldn’t get into my car at the supermarket. “Listen you,” I said to the car, clicking my electronic beep thing in despair. “If your mechanism is going bump – and I can hear it from here – that means you’ve got to open, you stupid bloody petrol-eating bloody thing!” […]

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