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Dishonesty: A change of approach

On 29th April 2020, following the decision in the case of R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, the Court of Appeal identified that the two-limb test for dishonesty as identified in the case Ghosh, is no longer the approach to be taken.

Cybersecurity requirements for licensees

Entities regulated under the Insurance Law will need to implement cybersecurity measures in proportion to their cyber risk profile by 27 November 2020 following the release of the Rule and Statement of Guidance on Cybersecurity for Regulated Entities by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 27 May 2020.

Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.

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In brief: New managing partner for Blake Lapthorn

Forty-three-partner South East firm Blake Lapthorn has appointed its head of commercial Caroline Williams as managing partner. Williams, who is chairman of the board of governors of Portsmouth University, takes some of the responsibilities from senior partner David Russell, who had combined managing and senior partner roles.

Salans beats rivals to Paris IT boutique

International firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has beaten French and UK rivals in the race to sign up respected 13-lawyer Paris-based IT boutique, FG Associes. FG’s three partners – Christiane Feral-Schuhl, Marc d’Haultfoeuille and Bruno Gregoire Sainte Marie – will head a new IT, Internet and multimedia practice at Salans and add to the firm’s […]

Law firm management: how to solve a professional dilemma

Bill Tudor John says lawyers are still best-equipped to run their own firms and candidates should not see the role as a poisoned chalice. Bill Tudor John is senior partner at Allen & Overy. I read recently that Linklaters, the London bit of Linklaters & Alliance, is having difficulty choosing a new managing partner now […]

Race on for LAB franchises

Firms without legal aid franchises which want to bid for a contract to continue handing out green form advice after the year 2000 have been given less than four months to apply. The deadline has been imposed by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) in the run up to the introduction of what will be the […]

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The jury’s unlikely champion

Author and former Sunday Telegraph editor, Trevor Grove, used the time he spent doing jury service putting the system itself on trial, writes Philip Hoult. Trevor Grove recounts one incident in the kidnapping trial on which he based his book, The Juryman’s Tale, which should be a salutary lesson for all criminal lawyers. He laughs […]

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