Latest Briefings

EU-US Privacy Shield for data transfers ruled as invalid

The Office of the Data Protection Authority in Guernsey (ODPA) has warned companies in the Bailiwick to be aware of the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment which affects all businesses who transfer personal data outside of the Bailiwick and the European Union (EU).

Recognition and Assistance for PRC Insolvency in Hong Kong

Synopsis A recent case in Hong Kong, has demonstrated both the ability and willingness of common law courts to recognise insolvency appointments made by the courts of the People’s Republic of China (‘PRC’), and to grant appropriate assistance at common law. It is to be hoped that this proven track record will pave the way for easier recognition of common law court appointed liquidators in PRC, where, unlike in common law countries, such recognition is subject to the principle of reciprocity.

New LCIA Arbitration Rules: In force on 1 October 2020

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently released its updated arbitration rules (the “2020 Rules”) which will come into force from 1 October 2020 and will apply to any arbitration commenced under the auspices of the LCIA on or after this date. The 2020 Rules, in the LCIA’s own words, aim to make the arbitral processes “even more streamlined and clear” for arbitrators and parties alike. We summarise nine key changes and one omission.


Hutton Inquiry star quits CC for Field Fisher

Clifford Chance’s Martin Smith has quit the firm where he made his name working on the Hutton Inquiry to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as a partner. Clifford Chance’s head of public policy practice Michael Smyth, who sent Smith to work on full-time secondment to the Inquiry, said that he had lost a good lawyer […]

Diversity boost to judicial appointments

More women and people from ethnic minorities were appointed to the judiciary last year, a report released last week (Friday, 29 October) reveals. The findings are published in the Judicial Appointments Annual Report produced by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA). The percentage of individuals from ethnic minority groups appointed increased to 14.8 per cent […]

Sidley’s Linklaters capture pays off with MBNA work

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s hire of Linklaters structured finance star Richard Hughes has already paid dividends, with the firm winning the mandate to advise on MBNA’s latest note issue. The US firm scored the role advising Barclays Capital (BarCap) on MBNA’s issue of £250m in notes under the delinked CARDS trust. It is MBNA’s first notes […]


Bevan Ashford completes demerger

Bevan Ashford’s twin arms formally demerge today (1 November), creating Bevan Brittan – the firm’s legacy Bristol, Birmingham and London arm – and Ashfords – the Exeter, Plymouth and London side of the operation. At the same time, it has emerged that Ashfords will open its own offices in Bristol with a key hire from […]

SJ Berwin builds German team with WestAM hire…

SJ Berwin has bolstered its German practice with the appointment of the former head of legal and fund development at WestAM, the asset management division of WestLB Group. Henning Starke joins as a partner in the firm’s German financial services team, under the direction of Achim Pütz. Pütz said the appointment was in line with […]

Recruit legal talent

Get your role in front of over 300,000 legal professionals when you advertise with The Lawyer. Our team of experts provide bespoke solutions to help solve all your recruitment challenges.

Find out more