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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.



Bakers’ new London head puts lawyers ‘in clients’ shoes’ for first term

Baker & McKenzie’s London office will target emerging markets, global compliance and fixed-fee deals under a plan unveiled last week by new City managing partner Paul Rawlinson. The successor to high-profile former managing partner Gary Senior kicked off his first term as head of Bakers’ London office by unveiling his plans for an over-hauled method […]


A rich new vein of complexity

Offshore employment regulations are in for a shake-up, so make sure your employer clients are up to speed The Government has published its consultation document on the use of offshore employment intermediaries and it has significant implications for employers that use such structures. The draft legislation was published on 30 May this year and the […]


Vinson & Elkins to close Shanghai office

Vinson & Elkins has confirmed plans to close its Shanghai office in a bid to consolidate its China practice to focus on state-owned energy companies. The firm said it would close the office after the management committee voted in favour of the plan. The firm will now have two bases in the region in Beijing […]

InTechnology hires Irwin Mitchell head of operations Gary Thomas

InTechnology, which provides managed data and hosting services to a national portfolio of law firms, has appointed Gary Thomas as its new Client Account Manager. Gary, who has over 20 years’ IT experience mainly within the legal sector, joins the company from Irwin Mitchell where he was Head of IT Operations. Here, he had both […]


G4S calls in Linklaters on potential SFO probe

Linklaters is advising G4S on a potential Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into the private security company. Government ministers today said they were considering calling in the SFO to investigate after the company and rival Serco overcharged the government by tens of millions for a range of services including electronic tagging contracts for offenders. Linklaters […]

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