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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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Bird & Bird poaches French IT team

Bird & Bird has poached top telecommunications and IT partner, Frederique Dupuis-Toubol and 10-strong team of associates from French firm, Jeantet & Associes to set up a new Paris office. Dupuis-Toubol will join Bird & Bird at the end of this year and will be based in the firm’s new premises in Paris. She and […]

Casting your net wider

The internet is now the home of business. Even self-professed technophobe Tony Blair agrees. And, as the legal profession continues to consolidate globally, law firms are also looking at its potential. Nearly all the law firms in the top 100 now have websites. These function mainly as marketing vehicles but firms are increasingly using their […]

Pinsents wins property panel places

Pinsent Curtis’ property team has won a place on two high-profile panels – with the Woolwich and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF). The national firm has bagged the job of advising MAFF on its general property work in the South of England. Nabarro Nathanson’s Sheffield office has won a similar contract for […]

Alan Whitfield

One of a new breed of business-minded in-house lawyers, Alan Whitfield has responsibility for all of BT’s legal affairs. Sean Farrell checks up on his progress. Alan Whitfield has not got his new business stationery yet. Having been appointed general counsel at BT two weeks ago, his card still bears his old title – not […]

Hoon urges Foil head to run for Parliament

The president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil), Martin Bruffell, is considering running for Parliament as a Labour Party candidate. Bruffell is being urged to run by his close friend Geoff Hoon, the Foreign Office minister and one-time second-in-command to Lord Irvine in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Bruffell – who is also managing partner […]

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