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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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Shepherd grows partnership to 70

Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its growing roster of partners to 70 following the appointment of Patricia Hawthorn as its new planning and environment partner. Hawthorn, based in the firm’s Glasgow office, is part of the Scottish executive committee of the Environment Services Association and boasts a wealth ofexperience in both the waste […]

Civil mediation cases up by a third

The size of the civil and commercial mediation market has grown by around a third to 3,700 cases per year, compared with 2,700 in 2005. The biennial audit by The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), which surveyed more than 350 mediators, reported that the industry is now worth in the region of £8.2m a […]

Dorsey tax team splinters as DLA Piper pounces

Dorsey & Whitney has lost its second tax expert within a week with barrister Leslie Allen heading to DLA Piper. Last week (12 November) The Lawyer reported that Berwin Leighton Paisner hired Dorsey tax partner Liesl Fichardt to develop its contentious and international group within the tax department. The previous week (The Lawyer, 8 November) […]

Ince & Co names next senior partner

Ince & Co’s head of marine casualty James Wilson has been chosen to succeed Peter Rogan as the firm’s senior partner in April. Rogan was made senior partner of the insurance powerhouse in 2000 and has since led the firm’s international development programme. The firm has opened offices in Shanghai, Hamburg, Paris, Le Havre and […]

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