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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.


Gay rights law suits will increase, says Stonewall

Gays and lesbians will create a new “growth industry” within law and the legal profession, which must think of ways to deal with the demand, a conference for gay and lesbian lawyers heard. Angela Mason, director of the campaign group Stonewall, told the London conference “Making the Difference”, which was held on 19 April, that […]

Japanese review

The Japanese Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of its policy with respect to foreign law firms. According to Jonathan Goldsmith, the director of the Law Society’s international directorate, the exercise is being taken as part of a move towards liberalisation. He said that Japan was facing a big bang similar to that in […]

Best prepared will win a claim

What often makes the difference in a loss of profits claim is the extent to which actions are planned just after the event that led to it – the plaintiff who prepares well and early stands the best chance of a favourable judgment. Bringing an expert witness – a forensic accountant for instance – in […]

Peter Herbert on accusations of playing the race card.

Peter Herbert is a barrister at 14 Gray’s Inn Square, chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, former member of the Judicial Studies Board, and a part-time Immigration Adjudicator.A new offence was created by a member of the judiciary at Southwark this month when Judge Christopher Hardy accused a 21-year-old black nursery nurse of deciding […]

Legal aid solicitor to launch software for franchised firms

Liz Davidson reports A LEGAL aid solicitor, who devised his case management software to cater specifically for franchised firms, has now gone into business selling it. Cleveland solicitor Keith Wilson, of Redcar firm Wilson MacDonald, joined forces with computer consultants Chris Proud and John Benson to devise Fransys, a system designed to make life easier […]

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