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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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A POLICEMAN denied bereavement compensation for his son’s murder after the collapse of the criminal injuries compensation scheme has appealed for legal help. John Davis had the prospect of £10,000 compensation snatched away when the House of Lords threw out Home Secretary Michael Howard’s controversial tariff-based scheme in April. Although his application had already been […]

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THE BAR is drafting new guidelines in response to the increasing number of attacks by barristers on colleagues’ behaviour in high-profile criminal trials. The guidance, backed by the Lord Chief Justice and the Law Society, will clarify how newly-instructed counsel should proceed in appeal cases where the lay client makes allegations against former counsel. However, […]

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AN APTITUDE test for would-be solicitors to be taken before training has emerged as the favoured presidential device for reducing the profession’s trainee surplus. Law Society vice-president Robert Sayer appears to have plumped for non-academic personality tests as the best way to deal with what he and president Martin Mears identified during the presidential elections […]

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