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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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John Smith is a partner in Davies Arnold Cooper. The article in The Lawyer 1 November, ‘A sporting chance of success’, argued that the outcome of the O’Neill v Fashanu case had opened the door to sports injury claims and that the settlement was a good one from John O’Neill’s point of view. I acted […]

Circuses seek ruling

The possibility of future High Court action similar to that mounted by huntsmen against local authority bans on hunting on their land has been raised by the Association of Circus Proprietors. Many local authorities ban circuses with animal acts from using their land and now the association says it may seek a court ruling on […]

Strangled by a necklace of bad debt

Tim Miller explains the background to the demise of Deacon Goldrein Green, which is facing bankruptcy proceedings When Andrew Macfarlane addressed the Law Society’s legal aid conference three years ago he issued a chilling warning: “Bankers don’t have social consciences.” Macfarlane, the then managing partner of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), told the Lord Chancellor that […]

Costly learning curve

Cleveland County Council is seeking leave to take its judicial review action against the Local Government Commission to the Court of Appeal. By the end of the year many more local authorities in England will have tried to challenge the commission in the courts. Is this merely local authorities fighting for their own survival at […]

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