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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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Cleary Gottlieb scoops fourth Linklaters hire

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has plucked a fourth Linklaters lateral, this time from its London derivatives and structured products group. The resignation of Simon Ovenden, a partner with Linklaters since 1997, was announced within the magic circle firm this afternoon (18 May) when senior partner Anthony Cann confirmed in an internal memo that the […]

Regional firms buck City trend in year-end results

Regional law firms have shrugged off the economic malaise impacting their City contemporaries by reporting solid figures for the last financial year. Pannone & Partners, Ward Hadaway and Hill Dickinson have all seen turnover for 2003-04 substantially increase. Manchester’s Pannones saw billings grow by a robust 20.4 per cent to £29.5m, Ward Hadaway reported a […]

Law Society considers training contract shake-up

The Law Society’s council has given the green light to a plan that could spell the end of the two-year training contract period for trainees solicitors. At the council’s quarterly meeting, convened last week, a draft statement on the long-running Training Framework Review, begun in 2001, was approved, which aims to bring flexibility into the […]

Crosby Renouf takes Azorean fishing fight to EU

Brussels firm Crosby Renouf has been instructed for the first time on behalf of Portugal’s Azores Islands in a landmark action against the EU’s Council of Ministers. The firm is challenging EU regulation 1954/2003, which enables European fishermen to operate off the coast of the Azores, on the grounds that it breaches the EU’s own […]

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