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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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Current economic conditions in the shipping finance market

The shipping and ship finance markets have always seen strong cyclicality – but for once the current driver for change is not from the shipping market itself, but in the financial market with the banking liquidity crisis which originated in the US sub-prime housing market. So, what can an owner expect if it approaches its […]

Lord Falconer joins Gibson Dunn

Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer is set to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, following in Lord Goldsmith’s footsteps by joining a US law firm. Falconer, who joins the firm’s London office, takes on the role of senior counsel within the firm’s dispute resolution team. The US firm’s managing partner, Ken Doran, said Falconer will support […]

CMS supports access to justice research

The CMS network is sponsoring an Oxford University study into access to civil justice in Europe. The programme is being led by former CMS Cameron McKenna partner Dr Chris Hodges, an expert on class actions and litigation funding systems in Europe and the US. CMS executive partner Robert Derry-Evans said: “Civil litigation is changing across […]

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Law firms beat banks on graduate pay

Trainee solicitors are the highest paid graduates in the UK, according to a new survey published today (8 July). The median starting salaries for trainee solicitors in 2008 is £36,500, putting law ahead of investment banking for the first time, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) summer survey. The median graduate salaries paid […]

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