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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.

HNW divorces – can you enforce the terms of an English order in Jersey?

Many practitioners will appreciate that Jersey is a self-governing Crown Dependency with constitutional rights of self-government and judicial independence. It follows that orders made in the courts of England and Wales are not enforceable as of right in this jurisdiction. We focus in this article on three common scenarios we see when such cross-jurisdictional considerations arise and the steps you can take to ensure that the terms of such an order are honoured.

Cayman Islands: Update on automatic exchange of information and country-by-country reporting

In this advisory, we provide a round-up of recent updates to the Cayman Islands framework for automatic exchange of information (“AEOI”) and country-by-country reporting (“CbCR”), including the new universal DITC portal, the AEOI reporting deadline extension, the authorising person and principal point of contact and the CRS compliance form.

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Ask a Scottish lawyer about chancery, and they might think it is the noun equivalent for ‘chancing’ as in ‘chancing your arm’. All disputes in Scotland which involve ‘chancery’ matters go to the Court of Session, with no distinction between what in England is the Chancery Division and the Queen’s Bench Division. It is the […]

Eversheds negotiates next merger

Leading UK law firm Eversheds is in merger talks with City practice Waltons & Morse a year after its last merger. Peter Scott, managing partner at Eversheds, and John Rothwell senior partner at Waltons & Morse confirm they are in the process of discussing the benefits of bringing together their resources and the international and […]

'No cover-up' on IT, vows Mears

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into the Law Society’s troubled computer system and president Martin Mears has promised “there will be no cover up”. A working party of society council members, which includes Mears, will investigate the system’s burgeoning cost and the chronic delays in practising certificates being issued. It will also ask why staff […]

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