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Impact of DSARs in the GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

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Finland’s Peltonen merges with LMR after losses

Finnish firms Peltonen Ruokonen & Itäinen and LMR have merged, creating an almost 50-lawyer strong firm. Peltonen LMR will provide its domestic and international clientele with services in all areas of Finnish business law. The move follows the departure of Peltonen’s bankruptcy team, which formed its own boutique. Peltonen managing director Tomi Merenheimo and corporate […]

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May the best man win

When any client walks out the door in favour of a rival lawyer it is going to be disappointing. The decision by Mukhtar Ablyazov to ditch his lawyers at Stephenson Harwood (SH) in favour of Addleshaw Goddard was a bitter pill for SH to swallow (see story). Not only is the client understood to have […]

Camerons’ Bristol insurance team depleted by RPC raid

Four insurance and reinsurance partners are set to leave the Bristol office of CMS Cameron McKenna in a mass defection to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC). Jeremy Barnes, Joe Bryant, Simon Chandler and Peter Mansfield have told Camerons that they intend to join RPC at the end of their notice period, although the timescale is unclear. […]

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Clydes strengthens Asia construction practice prior to BLG merger

Clyde & Co has hired a construction partner from Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office ahead of its November merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG). Gilbert Kwok joins Clydes as a partner in the firm’s Asia construction practice, bringing experience of advising developers and contractors in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised a […]

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