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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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Takeover rivals enlist US firms for oil battle

French oil rivals Elf Aquitaine and TotalFina.Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has martialled 18 lawyers from its Paris, NewYork, London and Washington offices to represent TotalFina in a hostiletakeover euro42bn (approx u28bn) bid for Elf made on 5 July.Now Elf has enlisted Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb Steen &Hamilton to muster a combined team […]

It's been a good week for…

International sports lawyers, who are queueing up to offer legal advice toAustralian player Simon Colosimo, whose knee had to be reconstructed afterbeing tackled by Man U striker Andy Cole during a match against theAustralian national team in Melbourne last week.Litigants in person. There are so many amateur “lawyers” keen to representthemselves in court that the […]

Lords to discuss evidence

The extent to which information obtained from unauthorised interception ofcommunications made by means of a public telecommunications system can beused as evidence in court is to be argued over before the Law Lords. Theyhave granted leave for an appeal in the case of Stephen Morgans, convictedof unauthorised access to a computer system. The High Court […]

EU tightens laundering directive

Lawyers will be required to demand identification from clients under aproposed EU extension to its money laundering directive.The proposals will extend obligations beyond investment lawyers and applyto transactions of u9,950 or more.Legal professionals handling client money, securities and client assetswill all come under the requirements.Proposals are also targeting financial transactions, bank accountsmanagement, the operation of […]

Scuffle of the Week

Lord Irvine is at loggerheads with a group of right-of-centre familyvalues campaigners, who are attacking Lord Irvine’s plans to introducelegally binding prenuptial agreements on the grounds they are incompatiblewith a couple’s vows to stay together “till death us do part”. However theLord Chancellor’s Department has hit back at its critics, the Family PolicyStudies Centre, claiming […]

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