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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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Court of Appeal overturns Eady J libel decision

The Court of Appeal has ruled that science writer Simon Singh can rely on the fair comment defence in a libel action being brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). In May last year Mr Justice Eady rejected the argument, ruling that Singh’s (pictured) article, which has been published in The Guardian’s opinion […]

North West councils negotiate panel freebies

Twenty five local authorities in the North West of England have appointed 35 firms and 26 chambers to a new panel. The North West consortium, which includes ­Liverpool City Council, has also selected an elite group of four firms – Beachcroft, DLA Piper, Pannone and Weightmans – as so-called ’partner firms’, which are expected to get more […]

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18 St John Street criminal barrister’s advice gives Corrie plots a real feel

Barrister Paul Dockery of Manchester set 18 St John Street Chambers has an unusual claim to fame: in his spare time he advises Coronation Street’s script writers on the legal aspects of the show. “It all started about six years ago when I was chatting to my friend [Coronation Street archivist] Helen Nugent,” he relates. […]

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PI rates expected to soar after Quinn Insurance enters administration

The decision to put Irish insurer Quinn Insurance into administration has sent shockwaves through the market and prompted warnings of dramatic rate hikes across the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) market. The Irish Financial Regulator forced the insurer, which is part of the larger Quinn Group, into administration yesterday.  It said the insurer would be closed […]

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Ashurst scoops Linklaters’ Stockholm chief

Ashurst has raided Linklaters’ Stockholm office for the hire of the magic circle firm’s Swedish senior partner Martin Börresen. Alongside Börresen Linklaters managing associate Pontus Bergsten will also join the Ashurst office as a partner in the corporate team. Borresen, one of the most respected corporate lawyers in Sweden, will join managing partner Jon Ericson […]

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