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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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Revealed: future for CPS lawyers

THE DISMISSAL of all CPS lawyers, their re-employment on fixed-term contracts and the use of police to prosecute offences are among a series of options being considered by the service, according to an internal paper. Magistrates Court rights of audience for non-lawyers is another option suggested by the paper which appears to confirm the claim […]

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LORD Mackay has made a thinly-veiled plea for patience in response to a volley of parliamentary questions about his alleged “delays” in reaching a decision over higher court rights of audience for employed solicitors. In a written answer to the latest of three questions tabled by Lord Ackner on the issue, the Lord Chancellor said […]

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A Canterbury woman who claims she was not properly anaesthetised when her baby was delivered by caesarean is taking East Kent Health Authority to the High Court. Gillian Miles claims she was admitted to William Harvey Hospital in Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, for a caesarean section and was given an epidural injection. However, she claims she […]

Merged firms split after 29-day honeymoon

TWO Manchester firms have demerged in a dramatic split which came just 29 days after they originally joined forces. Donn & Co said it instigated the demerger with Philip Conn & Co after taking counsel’s advice on details that emerged after the merger had taken place. But in a statement, Philip Conn & Co said […]

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