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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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Pestalozzi faces financial claim by ex-partner

One of Switzerland’s largest firms, Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, is locked in a dispute with one member of a group of five partners expelled last year over strategic and management differences. Tax partner Marcus Desax, now at Swiss rival Walder Wyss & Partners, initiated conciliation proceedings before the Zurich Bar Association on 9 January, claiming the […]

Ward Hadaway hikes turnover and sets up Newcastle office

North East firm Ward Hadaway has boosted turnover by 18 per cent at the financial mid-year point. If business continues in a similar vein for the second half of the year, turnover will exceed £25m. Managing partner Jamie Martin described the rise as “spot on target”, and attributed the growth to “the rate of activity […]

Pentagon official says sorry to A&O, CC

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance were no doubt relieved by an apology from Pentagon official Charles Stimson on Wednesday last week (17 January) after he suggested that corporate clients should boycott them. Interviewed on Washington DC-based Federal News Radio on 11 January, the deputy assistant secretary of defence for detainee affairs, himself a lawyer, […]

Guardian group set for legal overhaul

The Guardian News and Media (GNM) group’s legal department is set for a massive restructuring of its legal department, which will lead to expansion and the team splitting into two legal divisions. The newly created divisions will be headed by director of editorial legal services Nuala Cosgrove, who will report directly to the editor Alan […]

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