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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Morgan Lewis loses key partner

The head of commercial property at the London office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Stephen Turner, is to join Baker & McKenzie. It is understood that Morgan Lewis has still to decide who will take over Turner’s position. The firm has no other lawyers advising on property. Turner says he is taking clients […]

Judgment day for pupils' pay

The Minimum Wage Act 1998 took effect on 1 April 1999. Following its enactment, the Bar Council quickly realised that the legislation might well apply to some pupillages, many of which are currently unfunded. The Bar Council therefore sought expert opinion on the matter. Faced with conflicting opinions as to whether or not the act […]

Eversheds unveils five-year plan for European campaign

Eversheds is pumping funds into 15 “A-list” departments and curbing investment into the firm’s other 20 legal disciplines. The firm has drawn up a number of “priority” areas which will receive increased funding as Eversheds progresses with its plans to expand into Europe, specifically Italy and Germany (The Lawyer, 24 May). However, the firm refuses […]

Debenhams legal chief joins food brand giant

Debenhams is losing its head of legal to Associated British Foods. High street retail company Debenhams’ general counsel and company secretary David Wilson is set to join food producer and processor Associated British Foods in December. Wilson will join the FTSE 100-listed company as its director of legal services and company secretary. He will report […]

Linklaters celebrates £1bn pub chain buy

Linklaters and Travers Smith Braithwaite are dining out on the £1bn sale of Greenalls’ pub and restaurant division to Scottish & Newcastle. The £1.135bn transaction was completed last week and involved the sale of 531 managed pubs, including the Squares chain, 234 pub restaurants and 61 budget lodges. A further 19 development sites were also […]

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