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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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Shell censured for flouting Nigerian rule of law with ‘gas flaring’

Shell has been accused of ignoring the rule of law in Nigeria, with one of the company’s own former lawyers leading the legal fight. Peter Roderick was a lawyer at Shell between 1985 and 1991 and is now the co-director of the Climate Justice Programme at environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Friends of the […]

Turnover inches up at Browne Jacobson

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has announced its 2006-07 turnover, which is up by just 3 per cent from £30.1m to £32m. The firm has not yet confirmed profit figures, but managing partner Brian Smith predicted that average profit per equity partner (PEP) would be up by approximately 8 per cent, to £315,000. Any increase would […]

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Derivatives are key in managing the deficits in defined benefit pension funds. Edward Jewitt and Edmund Parker report on the main legal issues US investor Warren Buffett once bluntly described his feelings on derivatives and the trading activities that go with them. “We view them as time bombs, both for the parties that deal in […]

Jones Day fights French headhunter fee ruling

Jones Day has become embroiled in a bitter five-year dispute with a French headhunter, which has involved allegations of harassment and threatening behaviour. Eric Ohayon successfully sued Jones Day in a French court for E60,000 (£41,000) in October 2006 for breach of contract, having originally demanded E233,000 (£159,000). The firm is now appealing the judgment […]

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