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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.



Dentons swipes Bryan Cave office for Kuwait launch

Denton Wilde Sapte is launching in Kuwait, poaching the entire office of Bryan Cave, the only international law firm in the country. Dentons will now have a presence in every jurisdiction in the Gulf Cooperation Council except Bahrain, with more than 100 lawyers on the ground. “Our strategy is to be the leading international firm […]

Is it workin’ in the Gherkin?

Watson Burton‘s London operation has been chugging along for almost two years, but for those based in the cradle of the firm in Newcastle it is perhaps especially hard to see where it is going. Sure, in February there was the hire of construction partner David Jones from Hammonds, and then there was the swallowing […]


The Apprentice analysed…

Each week we watch as Sir Alan Sugar yells ‘YOU’RE FIRED!’ at one of The Apprentice wannabes. More deliciously salacious is watching these wannabes trying to make the most of Sir Alan’s tasks. With only one six-figure salary on offer the contestants declare all out war to get their hands on the prize. Inevitably, this […]

Ashurst raises NQ pay to £65,000

Ashurst has announced a modest pay rise for newly-qualified lawyers, which will see the group paid £65,000, an increase of £1,000 on last year’s salary. The 1.5 per cent increase is a dramatically lower than last year’s rise, when the firm announced pay increases for NQ lawyers of 16 per cent. Ashurst abolished its PQE […]


A&O: LGBT groups face Middle East dilemma

The chair of Allen & Overy‘s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group has spoken out about the challenges the firm faces in jurisdictions where homosexuality is illegal. A&O’s LGBT group, A&Out, has members in the UK, as well as in Belgium, France, Russia, the United States and in Japan but there is no official […]

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