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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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On 29 November 2013 in London, the Cayman Islands and US governments entered into an agreement paving the way for the automatic exchange of tax information under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In addition to signing the agreement, the two governments also signed a new tax exchange agreement (TIEA) that replaces the […]

Revealed: the global multi-billion dollar litigation market

Next Monday sees the publication of The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50, our annual review of the year in international disputes. For the uninitiated, check out last year’s report. This is the only report that tracks the world’s 50-largest disputes practices by the revenue their litigation and arbitration teams generate. To give you some idea […]

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By Mark Burgess, Simon Gough, Paul Rutherford, David Thompson and Richard Woolich We set out below a summary of key items of interest announced by the chancellor in the UK Autumn Statement. Corporate tax rates: the government remains committed to reducing the main UK corporation tax rate (currently 23 per cent) to 21 per cent from April 2014 and […]

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