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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.


Shearman, Weil face-to-face on ProSiebenSat.1 Media sale

Shearman & Sterling and Weil Gotshal & Manges have taken the lead roles on Germany’s largest-ever media deal. In a transaction worth around €2.5bn (£1.73bn), publishing company Axel Springer has bought a majority stake in television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media. Shearman advised longstanding client Axel Springer on its acquisition of the broadcasting group from the existing […]

Addleshaws plays star role advising Filmbank on new screening licence

Addleshaw Goddard has landed Filmbank as a new client after advising the film distribution company on an innovative new licence. Media partner Euan Lawson led the team advising Filmbank on the new Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL), launched in July. The licence is designed to help organisations and businesses such as schools, retailers and churches […]

Land of the rising dumb

And the winner of this year’s Prince Philip Award for International Relations goes to… Hogan & Hartson. A switched-on, internationally-minded PR at the US firm is highly commended by Tulkinghorn for propagating the stereotype of Americans as world geography ignoramuses and displaying all the world nous of George W Bush. Buried somewhere among the inane […]

Dickinson Dees earns Newham LEA contract

Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has fought off competition from major national players to win a £180m contract to advise Newham Local Education Authority (LEA) on its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Dickinson Dees bid against five other firms, including DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, for the contract. The tender process was open to […]

WLTM: finding love in the small ads.

Eligible, middle-aged, all-American bachelor, reasonable education, own business, own Volvo, several times married, likes baseball but looking to broaden his horizons seeks traditional English rose of medium build for love and shared profit. Despite an astonishing 70 per cent of the top 100 US firms already boasting London bases, there are a few US chairmen […]

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