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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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Kirkpatrick mulls over LLP status for NGJ link-up

US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart is considering converting to a UK limited liability partnership (LLP) in London if its merger with Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) goes ahead. As exclusively revealed on www.thelawyer.com on 15 July, NGJ and Kirkpatrick are in the final stages of discussions to form a merged entity that will be known […]

Al Tamimi deepens Middle East reach

Al Tamimi & Co is embarking on a dual expansion plan by extending its reach from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into both Iraq and Qatar. The firm, made up of a mixture of both local and UK-qualified lawyers, has opened a new office in Doha, Qatar, initially staffing it with three assistants. Al Tamimi […]

House of Lords to overturn Three Rivers ruling

The House of Lords today indicated that it will uphold the Bank of England’s appeal in the Three Rivers District Council case. Lords Scott, Rodger, Carswell, Brown and Lady Hale gave the indication due to the implications their ruling will have on the ongoing BCCI litigation. The Three Rivers council had requested disclosure of communications […]

14 Tooks Court to dispense with expensive Holborn HQ

Michael Mansfield QC’s criminal chambers is set to relocate to new premises in Clerkenwell due to concerns over high property rates around Holborn, for centuries the heartland of all London barristers. The move reflects growing concern at the bar over the increasing cost of rent, particularly in the Inns of Court, which act as landlords […]

Employment tribunals in 17 per cent hike

The Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) this week announced a rise of 17 per cent in the number of employment cases it handled. The ETS’s annual report show that 115,042 applications were registered in 2003-04, compared with 98,617 the previous year. A third of applicants were claiming for unfair dismissal from work, while 17 per cent […]

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