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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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Situation vacant

As job applications go, this one seems almost mundanely standard. A CV, succinct covering letter and two examples of how you’ve worked well either on your own or as part of a team to reach a relevant goal. Tick all these boxes and you’ll be interviewed by a panel of your would-be colleagues at which […]

Jones Day bolsters Brussels trade practice with Van Bael & Bellis hire

US firm Jones Day has expanded its trade practice in Brussels with the hire of Van Bael & Bellis partner Renato Antonini. Antonini, previously a partner at the domestic firm, will lead Jones Day’s Brussels international trade practice. He becomes the 12th partner in the office and joins the firm’s global government regulation team, comprising […]

Singapore’s Temasek appoints its first general counsel

Temasek Holdings, an investment company owned by the government of Singapore, has appointed Lee Theng Kiat as president and general counsel, the first holder of the legal head role. Prior to joiningTemasek, Lee was the chief executive officer and president of Singapore Technologies Telemedia, having served as a general counsel in his early career. In […]

Bristol’s Brunel bash

It’s Isambard Kingdom Brunel who’s credited with linking the West Country and London, but it seems law firms are trying to outdo the old engineer. Simmons & Simmons has become the latest City firm to plan a Bristol launch in a move aimed at achieving more efficient ways of working. London and national rivals have […]

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