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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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Withers and Speechly vote against merger

Withers and Speechly Bircham have called off merger talks following votes at both firms. In a joint statement, the firms said: “Following detailed discussions between the management and partnerships of Withers and Speechly Bircham, both sides have now concluded that a merger would not be in the best interests of both firms and have agreed […]

DLA Piper releases Banking and Finance Litigation Update issue 64

The Bank of England and the Treasury are considering an extension to the Funding for Lending Scheme, whereby banks can get cheap loans as long as the money is passed on to customers in the form of loans to small business and low rate mortgages. From 2 April, the new system of financial regulation in […]

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The arrival of Texas firm Andrews Kurth in the UK proves how busy the oil and gas market has become. But the sector’s high level of activity has caught the eye of the European Commission The oil and gas markets took centre stage last week both in Brussels and in London. Dawn raids by the […]

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Thrings names Simon Holdsworth as new managing partner

Bath-headquartered Thrings has named company commercial head Simon Holdsworth as its new managing partner succeeding Thomas Sheppard. It comes as Thrings prepares to ringfence its personal injury (PI) practice into a separate business (28 September 2012). Sheppard will lead the development of the PI practice as he steps into the executive chairman role, with responsibility […]

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Bell Capital GC quits for Qatar Investment Authority

Bell Capital general counsel Tom Bartos has left the role for an M&A position at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the state-owned investment arm of the Gulf state. Bartos, who was the director of Barclays Capital for over seven years, left for the Doha-based role last month. The Qatari sovereign fund, estimated to hold in […]

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