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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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Nelsons announces merger with Derby practice Gadsbys

East Midlands firm Nelsons is merging for the second time this year – with Derby-based practice Gadsbys. The merger with the six partner commercial property practice will take effect on 1 October and will bring the partner count to 42. Two months ago Nelsons merged with Derby firm Alfred Sevier & Son, which specialises in […]

British Airports Authority (BAA)

British Airports Authority (BAA) is experiencing a strong year, buoyed up by the confidence provided by its latest strong set of financials. At the beginning of June, the multi-faceted company, which has ventures in retail, railways and property, revealed a 7.5 per cent surge in pre-tax profits that smashed market expectations. But although 1999 is […]

Stephenson Harwood loses three partners

Stephenson Harwood’s top insolvency partner and two other partners are set to leave the firm. Insolvency partner Geoff Woolf and banking partner Paul Diss are understood to be joining SJ Berwin. Litigation partner Roger Brown is going to Herbert Smith. They had all been at Stephenson Harwood for more than 20 years. All three cite […]

Shoosmiths to relocate PI and recovery unit after contract win

Shoosmiths & Harrison is planning to relocate the bulk of its personal injury (PI) and uninsured loss recovery (ULR) work to a new office in Basingstoke by the first quarter of the year 2000. Lawyers who refuse to move from the existing operations at Shoosmiths’ Solent and Reading offices face redundancy as those offices will […]

In brief: Freshfields partner David Pollard

Freshfields partner David Pollard has come out as “Top Pensions Lawyer” in a survey by Pensions World magazine. Phillip Bennett, a partner at Slaughter and May, emerges as “Toughest Pensions Negotiator”. Mark Greenlees, a partner at specialist firm Sacker & Partners, and Derek Sloan, a partner at Allen & Overy, come joint first in the […]

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