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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 […]

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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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Cobbetts coy over profit as figures fall

Cobbetts has declined to comment on its profit and mounting speculation that its margin has plummeted to unprecedented levels. Michael Shaw The firm reported a turnover figure of £59.4m for the 2007-08 financial year, while costs during the same period totalled £51m. During the most recent 2008-09 financial year the firm’s turnover was down by […]

Brabners wins employment role for BCC

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has won a role ­advising the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on ­employment matters. The mandate comes on the back of the firm’s relationships with other business networks, including The Employment Agents Movement and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The BCC instruction will be led by employment partners Paul […]

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New House

Like many of London’s litigators, Allen & Overy (A&O) head of litigation Tim House is optimistic about the forthcoming year. Despite a global redundancy programme that saw 47 partners and 200 fee earners part company with the firm, the litigation practice continues to grow. “All offices are up on last year and all performed ahead […]

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