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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.



Pinsent Curtis advised HSBC on a £135m private equity investment in AM Paper Group’s planned paper mill in Skelmersdale. Chaffe Street acted for AM Paper and Slaughter and May advised JP Morgan on providing senior debt.

Law Soc sponsors Kazakhstan workshops

The Law Society is sponsoring its second visit to Kazakhstan this month with its Book Bus and Bar Leadership project, which visits this week. A team of 19 young UK solicitors, trainee solicitors and law students will run workshops on comparative UK and Kazakhstan law, and will distribute free law books to the Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan […]

Taxing time for the Inland Revenue

Karen Methold questions whether the Inland Revenue should take a more conventional approach to constitutional matters by letting Parliament decide when we pay our taxes. Karen Methold is a partner at Rooks Rider. The House of Lords judgment in the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby last month was excellent news for tax […]

Litigation Personal Injury 02/12/97

Lawrence v Osborne – QBD 21 October, 1997 Claimant: Peter Lawrence, 39 years Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant, once a successful accountant, suffered severe head injuries in road crash in which he was knocked off his motorcycle in 1991. As result of accident he underwent personality change, became bad tempered, suffered severe memory impairment […]

The overseas advantage

Ravinder Chahal reports on the experience of the few South African firms that have opted to build an international presence Although much attention has recently been focused on domestic activity, several South African firms have chosen to cast their nets further afield. There have been three South African firms operating in London since the late […]

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