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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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Province of opportunities

There was a sharp intake of breath amongst Northern Irish firms when they heard that London-based Kennedys and Dublin-based Arthur Cox were to open offices in the province last year. As one local lawyer said: “After all the years of people not so much as wanting to stay overnight, it is annoying that they are […]

Law reform/cpd. Firm bookings avoid disappointment

Henry Sherman’s thesis, as a construction litigator, is that a prime cause of litigation delays is the approach of some members of the senior Bar (The Lawyer 21 May 1996). He says that even in the most complex cases pleadings are still usually drafted by a junior. And he adds that access to leading counsel […]

Variations ineffective

Agreed employment variations are ineffective if they are caused by transfer of an undertaking, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. In Wilson and others v St Helens Borough Council, control of the Red Bank Controlled Community Home passed from Lancashire County Council to St Helens. The applicants, who had consequently been made redundant, applied for […]

Lawyers go in search of e-vacancies

Alison Laferia reports Lawyers will soon be able to look for jobs via email. LawNews is a free email service that offers subscribers details of legal vacancies and a little news. The service goes live on 1 June. For more information, contact Karen Brockman on 01603 870201 or email her at karen@badgerap.demon.co.uk. Meanwhile, Scottish firm […]

Litigation Writs 28/05/96

Manchester woman Julia Barber has launched a £50,000-plus damages claim against Port Ramsgate over the death of Stephen Jones at Ramsgate in September 1994. Barber is administrator of Jones’ estate and accuses the defendants of negligence and breach of statutory duty. Writ issued by Pannone & Partners, Manchester. The representative of a man who died […]

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