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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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MoFo hires two lawyers for DC office

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking on two government lawyers to boost its Washington DC financial services practice. Barbara Wellbery, who is counsel to the undersecretary for electronic commerce and head of the electronic commerce task force in the International Trade Administration, is joining the firm as a partner. At the same […]

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How pleasant it is to see law firms displaying the Christmas spirit. A recent double-page advertisement in the FT on behalf of Crisis named all the firms which had donated their Christmas card budgets to the homeless charity. Such are lawyers’ delicate dispositions that they wouldn’t want to shout about how much they give to […]

Norton Rose beats rivals to land easyJet flotation work

Norton Rose advised easyJet on its initial public offering (IPO) after a beauty parade where the firm’s ability to field US counsel shone through. Norton Rose was up against three rivals when it was invited to tender in April for the work to reorganise the group for flotation. It had already acted for easyJet on […]

Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland’s Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate’s power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights. With the 129 temporary sheriffs declared invalid in the landmark ruling, the courts now face a daunting shortage […]

Brief encounter: debevoise & Plimpton

The London office of New York firm Debevoise & Plimpton opened in 1989 and now boasts 28 lawyers, five of whom are partners. The practice covers corporate M&A work, international arbitration, international securities offerings and international tax planning. The firm as a whole has a strong private equity practice, not least in its London office. […]

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