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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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Special report: Insurance

Insurers everywhere are bracing themselves for an upsurge in claims as the global economy slides into recession. And this when the UK insurance market is experiencing some fundamental changes relating to how it handles claims. The legal side of insurance is repositioning to seize the opportunities arising as the market evolves. Kennedys, for example, is […]

Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London

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Shrubsall, aka Nostradamus

One Essex Court senior clerk Paul Shrubsall went into semi-retirement last Thursday (31 July) and was invited to speak at the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks’ (IBC) annual ­dinner for his swan song. Tulkinghorn, as usual, was there in spirit, ­watching and listening through the eyes and ears of one of his spies. The mole reported […]

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Star Wars: attack on the clones struck down

Litigation firm SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down George Lucas’ High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets. Litigation boutique SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down film-maker George Lucas’ galactic High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the stormtrooper helmets from the Star Wars films. Mr Justice Mann ruled […]

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