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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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So what first attracted you to that incredibly well-paying job at a US firm? US firms have never traded much on being a lifestyle choice – not when they can simply pay so much more for their London associates than their City peers. But when we surveyed associates at international firms to find out more […]

Ex-Allen & Overy partner joins Houthoff Buruma for New York launch

Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has recruited a former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner to launch a New York office, capitalising on the use of the Netherlands as a venue for class action settlements. The firm has hired Helena Sprenger to head the new venture. Sprenger was a partner at A&O until 2009, where she headed […]

Freshfields names social mobility ‘sponsor’ as part of diversity push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed real estate lawyer Annette Byron as its partner in charge of social mobility. Byron will support the firm’s social mobility programmes as the ‘sponsor’ responsible for the area. She will continue in her role as the sponsor for ethnicity initiatives, with the magic circle firm operating a six-pronged system in […]

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Would you consider an in-house role?

Last week The Lawyer published a front-page photo of a female lawyer with the eye-catching headline that ’65 per cent of you want to be her’.  That was one of several intriguing  statistics arising from research compiled by The Lawyer into the attitudes of private practice lawyers to their in-house cousins, and specifically whether private […]

Baker Mac’s the life

Between 15 and 29 March this year, The Lawyer got around 600 associates to give their opinions on US firms. The result? After almost 25 years of reporting on the legal market, you guys still have the capacity to shock us (see story). The biggest shocks came when we asked which US law firm UK […]

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