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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 […]

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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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