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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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Fosters legal chief tells firms to think global or lose partners

Law firms must develop global capacities if they are to stop the latest generation of lawyers moving from private practice to in-house, says Peter Turner, head of legal at Fosters Brewing Group. Turner warns that national firms face being unable to keep pace with their clients’ increasing global interests. Turner says: “Law firms are risk-averse […]

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Perhaps more than in any other area of law, employment barristers have to prove their worth. Solicitors are happy to take on tribunal advocacy themselves, and so can choose whether or not to involve counsel in a case. The readiness to instruct barristers varies considerably from firm to firm. Many City lawyers say they find […]

Head of 10 King's Bench steps down

High-profile criminal silk Ronald Thwaites QC is stepping down as head of chambers at 10 King’s Bench Walk after 10 years at the helm. He is being replaced by former deputy Georges Khayat QC, who says: “He’s a maverick and a high-flier and at first I didn’t know what kind of head he would be. […]

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