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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.


New firm for CSA 'clean-break' case lawyer

SUSAN Deas, whose “clean-break” case cast a spotlight on the workings of the Child Support Agency for the first time, has moved firms. The family lawyer has started as a partner at Gamlins Storrar Cowdry in Chester where she is part of the matrimonial team. She was formerly a partner at Liverpool-based Brabner Holden, where […]

Litigation Writs 19/03/96

News Group Newspapers and News of the World columnist Michael Winner are being sued for libel damages by Dixons Group. Dixons has issued a High Court writ over a story in Winner’s 5 February column in the newspaper, headed: “Have rule that bites”. Writ issued by Linklaters & Paines, London EC2. D10 Veteran peace campaigner […]

Contractors sound off at profession

BUILDING lawyers have received a pasting for being expensive, unprofessional and superior in a poll of the UK’s major contractors. A “deep dissatisfaction” with the legal profession is displayed in the survey in the New Civil Engineer magazine. The magazine questioned the country’s top 60 contractors on their attitude towards their lawyers. Cost was a […]

Johnathan Arks welcomes more power to the landlords' arm.

Jonathan Arkush is a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings. The House of Lords’ decision in Hindcastle v Attenborough Associates is significant for its rejection of the long-standing Court of Appeal authority in Stacey v Hill (1901) 1 QB 660 which prevented a landlord from suing a guarantor for an original tenant who became insolvent while […]

Increase in fraud figures for lawyers and accountants

ACCOUNTANCY firm KPMG’s annual ‘fraud barometer’ reveals a 42 per cent increase in the number of lawyers and accountants charged with serious fraud. Partner in KPMG’s fraud investigation unit Adam Bates said although the figures for lawyers and accountants were lumped together, most cases related to lawyers. The barometer recorded 17 lawyers and accountants charged […]

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