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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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In brief: Attorney General makes appointments

Attorney General John Morris QC has appointed 6 King’s Bench Walk barrister Nigel Sweeney to represent the Government in cases at the Central Criminal Court. Sweeney will succeed David Calvert-Smith QC as First Senior Treasury Counsel, as tradition dictates he steps down on taking silk. William Boyce and John Kelsey-Fry become Senior Treasury Counsel while […]

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Re ‘Legal Aid Board attacked over “cuts through back door”‘ (The Lawyer, 20 May, page 1): the Legal Aid Board has not introduced changes to the way it determines what constitutes an advice and assistance or routine call. Should a conflict of opinion arise between the solicitor and the area office on assessment of the […]

Lithuanian privatisation job down to final two

Clifford Chance and Simmons & Simmons are on the Lithuanian government’s shortlist to advise on the privatisation of Lithuanian Telecom. Clifford Chance is advising French investment bank Banque Paribas and Simmons & simmons is advising NatWest Markets. Both Paribas and NatWest are on the shortlist to become lead financial advisers to the privatisation, drawn up […]

OSS Lawyer Line aims to cut number of complaints

A NEW hotline has been launched to help smooth relations between lawyers and clients. Lawyer Line is due to be launched by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) on 28 May, to help solicitors who have had a complaint made against them resolve the matter quickly with their client. The phones will be […]

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