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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.


Camerons settles £3m case

A High Court action in which Cameron Markby (which has since merged to form Cameron Markby Hewitt and more recently Cameron McKenna), was accused of negligence in respect of a £3m land deal 10 years ago has settled on undisclosed terms. Copenhagen-based Den Danske Bank claims that Cameron Markby should have realised that a £3.75m […]

Sole practitioners group split on MDPs

THE EXECUTIVE body of the Sole Practitioners’ Group (SPG) is split over multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) with 50 per cent in favour and 40 per cent against the Law Society’s plan to sweep aside its ban later this year. SPG chairman Montagu Martin is in favour of MDPs, saying it would be a “retrograde step” if […]

Britain goes litigation-mad

BRITAIN is becoming so litigious, it is set to overtake the US as the compensation capital of the world, according to the Centre for Policy Studies. It says the increase is partly due to growing claims by police officers, nurses, teachers, and other public servants, which costs the public purse #1.8bn per year. The Sunday […]

Ian Coles

Ian Coles is a lawyer from over here who is doing rather well over there – over here. He has recently become managing partner of Mayer Brown & Platt, making him only the second English lawyer to head a US firm’s London office. Sean Farrell reports. Ian Coles’ cufflinks say it all. Each of his […]

Funding Code will 'curb actions against police'

Corrupt police officers will “get away with it” under the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) new Funding Code, according to Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) chair Richard Miller. The Funding Code caps the LAB’s budget and says legal aid should only be available where damages worth three times the likely costs of the case are expected. […]

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