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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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Cannes retreat brings Herbies’ international strategy into focus

Senior partner David Gold’s strategic recommendations were well received at Herbert Smith’s recent partnership retreat, with Cannes-bound partners supportive of proposals for ongoing growth. Despite an evening trip to Monte Carlo rounding off the event on 28 April, word from the firm suggests that no major losses were suffered on the blackjack table. But of […]

Orrick gears up for European offensive

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has formed a European advisory committee to examine its London and European expansion in the wake of the firm’s failed merger talks with Dewey Ballantine earlier this year. Orrick’s London office is likely to be the focal point of the new strategy. The City office currently features some 60 lawyers and […]

Pru link gifts Boots health insurance deal to Lovells

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New management for Geordies

Newcastle-based Robert Muckle has appointed a new senior partner and re-elected its managing partner. Hugh Welch, who has previously held both the managing and senior partner roles, takes over as senior partner from commercial partner Ian Gilthorpe, who has returned to a full-time fee-earning role at the end of his three-year term. Managing partner Stephen […]

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