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As noted in our recent article ‘Private Lives and Public Interest’, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (the “Grand Court”) is often asked to give directions as to the protection of confidential information in the context of ongoing litigation. Most frequently, these requests are made in reliance on section 4 of the Confidential Information […]

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