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Impact of DSARs in the GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

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THE FIRST legal action taken by Lloyd’s of London agents against a Lloyd’s Name could start an “avalanche” of cases against other individual defaulting Names, according to the agents’ lawyers. The action, against Dr Andrew James Higgins, was the subject of an Order 14 hearing last week and should result in a judgment within days. […]

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A RESOLUTION committing the Law Society to a closely timetabled reform programme has been described as “innocuous” by the president. The motion calling for recognition of the need for reform and a “timetabled programme to produce proposals” was approved unanimously by the Law Society council at its meeting on Thursday. A second resolution to establish […]

Libel/Food Contamination. True extent of the damage

The case of Walker Wingsail Systems, where a jury awarded £1.485 million libel damages against the editor and publishers of Yachting World in 1994, has now been settled prior to the appeal. Rather surprisingly, the defendants publicised the settlement figure under which they pay £760,000 in damages, costs and interest to the plaintiffs. As their […]

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