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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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Commercial Court suffers five-year decline in cases

The number of trials heard in the Commercial Court has dropped continuously for the last five years, it emerged last week. The court’s annual report revealed that last year just 58 trials were heard – down from 81 trials in 2002-03. Claims are also dropping, with 1,104 claim forms issued in 2003-04, representing a drop […]

Addleshaws takes Hammonds head of PFI/PPP

Hammonds is losing yet another construction lawyer as its respected head of PFIs and PPPs Nigel Proctor leaves for Addleshaw Goddard. Proctor, a partner in Hammonds’ Manchester office, will move to Addleshaws at the end of the financial year. His departure follows the 28 January announcement that Birmingham construction partners James Bessey and Mark Robinson […]

Beachcrofts in triple raid to bolster construction

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners. In London, Tony Blackler joins Beachcrofts from Macfarlanes where he is a partner in the firm’s property group. Blackler specialises in contentious construction work but also has a non-contentious practice. Meanwhile in Birmingham and Bristol respectively, Beachcrofts has recruited Shoosmiths associate […]

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