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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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Masons’ communications systems have evolved to a level of sophistication which most lawyers could not have imagined a few years ago. The driving force behind these changes has been the firm’s determination to exploit all appropriate forms of technology. Before Masons moved into its present accommodation in mid-1990 the various tools for communicating – post, […]

Hanging on the telephone

The Norwich office of Eversheds recently upgraded its telephone systems to provide a greater level of client service by the introduction of direct dialling to the telephones on all lawyer’s desks, one contact number for the multi-site Norwich operation and voice mail. Eversheds briefed three large suppliers of voice telecommunications systems to explain current problems […]

Court 'rental' charges on way

Revelations of Government plans for daily court ‘rental’ fees are fuelling fears of reduced access to justice. A fee of u500 per day is anticipated for the High Court and u200 per day for the County Court. A Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) spokesman says the fees, which “only represent one third of the court’s running […]

Compas points way ahead for pupil selection

John Malpas reports A GROUP of chambers has devised its own clearing house scheme in an effort to bring order to the current free-for-all system of pupil selection. The common law sets, which include Lord Williams of Mostyn QC’s chambers at Farrar’s Building and Robert Seabrook QC’s set at 1 Crown Office Row, hope to […]

Worry over police red tape cuts

CRIMINAL lawyers’ ability to advise their clients could be adversely affected by proposals to cut red tape for police officers. The proposals, which are due to be sent to the Government and senior law officers soon, come from a Government-appointed scrutiny committee. They are expected to be wide-ranging and to recommend the use of abbreviated […]

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