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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is establishing a market conduct group in response to client concerns over the UK Financial Services and Markets Act. Finance partner Chris Bates will head the international group. It will advise clients, in particular financial institutions, on market conduct. It is intended to cover a range of areas, from futures and capital markets […]

Building bridges to the future

“You’d have to be an idiot not to make money in this market,” said one leading property lawyer to me at lunch the other day. “I just wonder when it’s all going to come crashing down. And what happens to those firms that aren’t making much money now?” Perversely, in the longer term, the boom […]

The Leader column

There is a constant refrain on the part of recruitment partners at law firms. It goes something like this: Students – bright, no commercial awareness, legal knowledge frankly ropey. Oh, and increasingly expensive, thanks to the salary wars. It is this frustration that is behind the so-called City LPC. Thanks to the efforts of the […]

Lord Chancellor slams legal aid lawyers

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs select committee, Lord Irvine said that lawyers ” cannot go on living their lives being paid by the hour on a taxi meter”. He said it is “pretty outrageous” that criminal legal aid cases swallowed up 46 per cent of the legal aid budget and sent an ominous […]

Olswang fills Berwin Leighton’s shoes for Lloyds venture work

Olswang has completed its first-ever deal for private equity house Lloyds TSB Development Capital. The retail bank’s private equity arm is one of several corporate finance houses that have defected from Berwin Leighton, along with partners Chris Mackie and Fabrizio Carpanini. Both joined Olswang as partners in February this year (The Lawyer, 22 November 1999). […]

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