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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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Freethcartwright has appointed three partners from within the firm Freethcartwright has appointed three partners from within the firm, including Kathy Pickup, head of the firm’s product liability unit, who has been involved in litigation relating to the MMR vaccine and defective breast implants. Clinical negligence expert Julie Hardy and private client lawyer Michael Alden have […]

WIPO begins first hearings following seven-year hiatus

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has just hosted its first hearings to resolve disputes, even though it has been open for business since 1995 to handle the hundreds of thousands of intellectual property (IP) disputes that occur worldwide each year.Despite not conducting a single hearing in the six years up to April 2001 (it […]

China meets WTO commitments with five extended licences for HK firms

The Chinese government has issued the first set of licences to foreign law firms that have applied for second offices on mainland China Five licences were issued, all of which went to Hong Kong law firms, including Deacons.China agreed to relax the ‘one-firm, one-office’ rule as part of its World Trade Organisation commitments. The rule […]

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