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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.



Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Enteract on the construction, selling and underletting of the Johnson Fry Laser XI Royal Quays Enterprise Zone, a microelectronics research centre in Newcastle, launched as a property unit trust. Macfarlanes acted for the trust and Ward Hadaway acted for the first purchaser […]

The ugly face of sexism

The fact that the Law Society is considering having a designated women’s seat on the council in order to alleviate sex discrimination is good news for all women in the profession. However, the debate is already retreating into sexism with the age-old claim that successful women solicitors do not want it. Sexism is obviously not […]

Cornish to join PW's legal arm

Top commodities lawyer Martin Cornish, the senior partner of MW Cornish Batty & Co, is believed to be poised to join Arnheim & Co, the law firm tied to accountancy firm Price Waterhouse. Both Cornish and Paul Downing, head of PW’s European legal network, would neither confirm nor deny the move but if it goes […]

Working out of law: Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson is a balding barrister and TV superstar. Why did you choose to study law/become a lawyer? Poor prospects as a professional footballer. Has it helped in your current role in other areas? Combined with my hairline it has helped journalists to describe me as the “balding barrister” or the “babbling brief”. It has […]

Wall St firm beefs up maritime crew

Leading Wall Street law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn has beefed up its own maritime capability by raiding four partners from a neighbouring niche transportation practice. Carter Ledyard has poached four shipping-related partners from Haight Gardiner Poor & Havens, and has not ruled out the recruitment of more lawyers from the firm as part of […]

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