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CSSF and ESMA – Covid-19 updates

The Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have issued a number of COVID-19 related updates…

Advertising self-regulation: Promoting higher standards for the ad industry

The Purpose of Advertising self-regulation Advertising self-regulation is the advertising industry’s ability and willingness to regulate itself responsibly, by actively promoting the highest ethical standards in commercial communications and safeguarding consumers’ interests. Historically, advertising self-regulation has helped address many societal concerns and, in some cases, put an end to previous questionable advertising practices. One such […]

Data on death: Coroner statistics annual bulletin 2019

On 14 May 2020, the most recent Coroners Statistics Annual Bulletin was published. At a time when data on death dominates the news, the Bulletin may have passed inquest practitioners by. However, the Bulletin remains a useful guide on the workload of coroners around the country and can be used to identify possible trends for the future.

Cyprus adopts e-signatures

The EU Regulation 910/2014, known as eIDAS (the Regulation) is directly applicable to the Member States of the European Union since 1st July 2016 and it aims to establish common standards for electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions across European Union. Cyprus adopted to this regard Law 55(I)/2018 (the Law), which regulates the use of e-documents, e-signatures, e-identifications, e-seals etc, complying with the requirements of the Regulation.

Data protection – another Covid-19 casualty?

To lengthen the odds of a second infection wave, countries have been exploring how to harness technology to automate contact-tracing of those potentially infected with the virus, releasing the remainder of the population to go about daily life. Though simple-sounding, such technology is far from straightforward.


Ex-Pritchards partners form new Italian specialist firm

Pritchard Englefield’s two-partner Italian department has split away from the firm to form its own practice advising on Italian trade. Dominic Pini, corporate partner and former head of the Italian group, has left together with litigation partner Dimitri Iesini and commercial assistant Rocco Franco, and has joined forces with former in-house Eagle Star Insurance litigator […]

Qualified, but for what?

I am in a similar position to Ian Oldfield (4 November) but awaiting a training contract with a firm of solicitors. The total number of applications I have made to date mirrors Mr Oldfield’s. This does not include the 55 firms, advertising for trainees, from whom I have received no reply. Common courtesy does not […]

North East Law Soc to set up pro bono unit

The North eastern office of the Law Society wants to set up a pro bono unit to co-ordinate with the national Solicitors Pro Bono Group, headed by Peta Sweet in London. Ian Croft, the Law Society’s regional secretary for Yorkshire and the North East, said the move had been triggered by interest from local law […]

Can the UK do any better than the Americans?

A leading US lawyer has dexcribed the American experience of criminal defender contracts as “dismal”. UP UNTIL now, it has been the civil legal aid practitioners who have been in the government’s line of fire. But in his speech at the Solicitors’ Annual Conference in Cardiff in October, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, said he […]

End for banking 'triple cocktail'

A banking law “triple cocktail” concocted some 10 years ago as a means of meeting a 1987 signpost ruling in respect of charges over bank deposits is likely to be served less regularly in future. Banking law experts say that a new House of Lords decision has just swept away “10 years of uncertainty” created […]

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