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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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HBJ boosts property with Hammonds raid

•Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has hired Hammonds property partner Ray Simpson, the fifth partner to leave Hammonds this year. Birmingham-based Simpson leaves Hammonds after 10 years and joins HBJ as a partner. Simpson said: “I’ve known [HBJ property head] Richard Pettifor for years and we have complementary client bases.” Simpson was a salaried partner. […]

CC and Slaughters scoop £8.8bn Thomson-Reuters deal

An elite roster of City and Canadian firms have been drafted in to advise on Thomson’s £8.8bn takeover of Reuters. Reuters has turned to its longstanding corporate adviser and panel firm Slaughter and May, which is fielding a team led by veteran corporate partner Nigel Boardman. The combined company, which will be known as Thomson-Reuters, […]

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 […]

White & Case announces salary increases

White & Case is the latest City firm to announce salary increases, with newly qualified lawyers seeing a 12.6 per cent rise from £67,500 to £76,000. Trainees have done better out of the rises than their equivalents at Clifford Chance, with new trainee salaries rising 13.8 per cent from £36,000 to £41,000, while newly qualified […]

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