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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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Public sector expert publishes advice

Cyril Dixon reports A LEADING team of public sector law consultants has published a report outlining key recommendations for councils involved in the launch of local authority companies. Leonie Cowen & Associates’ 25-page document, Local Authority Companies: Key Steps for Success, aims to highlight the main legal issues for councils and methods of tackling them. […]

PRIVATE BANKING

Some law firms have embraced financial services head on and applied to the Bank of England to become licensed deposit-takers. One such firm is Batten & Co, a 300-year-old family practice based in Yeovil, Somerset, which specialises in private client and commercial work. The firm itself does not have a deposit-taking licence. The licence belongs […]

In brief: Commission's estate reforms enacted

Royal Assent has been granted to the Law Reform (Succession) Act 1995 which alters technical rules governing the distribution of estates of people who die intestate, claims for financial provision by the deceased’s family, and the effect of divorce or annulment of marriage on testamentary gifts or appointments of executors in favour of a former […]

Welsh join forces for property deal

Cyril Dixon reports SOLICITORS at Llanelli Borough Council in South Wales called in Cardiff firm Edwards Geldard to advise on a £20 million town centre property development. Borough solicitor Lynne Davies was supported by a team from the firm headed by partners Huw Williams and Rowland Davies. Llanelli was negotiating with Monarch Properties and Redrow […]

LAG slams Woolf on court fees

LORD Woolf has been accused by the Legal Action Group of making a deliberate political decision to “play down” the Government’s policy of increasing court fees. The LAG describes the planned fees hike as objectionable and constitutionally suspect. It says Woolf made an implicit political decision to duck an issue likely “to provide an additional […]

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