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Dishonesty: A change of approach

On 29th April 2020, following the decision in the case of R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, the Court of Appeal identified that the two-limb test for dishonesty as identified in the case Ghosh, is no longer the approach to be taken.

Cybersecurity requirements for licensees

Entities regulated under the Insurance Law will need to implement cybersecurity measures in proportion to their cyber risk profile by 27 November 2020 following the release of the Rule and Statement of Guidance on Cybersecurity for Regulated Entities by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 27 May 2020.

Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.


Harm in the army

11.17amEvery now and then a personal injury case comes along which reignites the debate about Britain’s so-called compensation culture. 25 February, 11.17am Every now and then a personal injury case comes along which reignites the debate about Britain’s so-called compensation culture. You know the sort: Man sues after scolding himself on coffee or woman walks […]

Supreme Court overleaps Lords with avowals of better value, transparency

From October this year the Supreme Court will replace the House of Lords as the highest court in ­England and Wales. The ;12 ;Law ;Lords, ­headed by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, will become the first justices of the Supreme Court ;when ;the ;new ­institution is inaugurated. It is due to open at the former […]

Business as usual after Mandy’s mandate

Business secretary Peter Mandelson made a bold move when he gave the green light for Lloyds TSB to take over struggling HBOS at the end of last year. While the Government stopped short of actually altering competition rules to let the merger take place, it did rush through some secondary legislation that meant Mandelson rather […]

Pinsents joins China trio to win bridge work

Pinsent Masons’ Chinese practice has teamed up with a consortium of Chinese firms to advise on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project, which will see the construction of a 30km bridge between mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. The firm, led by Hong Kong partner Dean Lewis, has joined forces with ­Beijing firm Jun He Law […]

Ian Hammond

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? When I was at school I wanted to be a journalist. What was your first-ever job? Working on a farm breaking up bales of straw and stuffing the straw into plastic bags that people would then buy from pet shops as bedding for their rabbits. […]

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