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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.


In brief: Garretts

Garretts has expanded its IT team courtesy of Masons’ Leeds office. Derek Neve has been appointed senior manager in the commercial technology department after two years at Masons advising on IT and private finance initiative issues.

Case of the week

If ever there was a case for reform of the House of Lords, Home Secretary Jack Straw has found it. Straw had doubtless been fervently hoping that the Law Lords would quietly dispose of the small matter of having to decide whether to extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to Spain on human rights […]

Law Society rejects bid to shave practising fee by £5

THE LAW Society council has rejected calls to reduce the practising certificate fee. Members voted overwhelmingly against a proposal to amend budget plans that would have seen the fee fall by £5 to £425 a year. The proposed cut would have seen Law Society revenue reduced by about £400,000. Members decided to hold back £1.5m […]

Insurers entangled in big battle over small print

Last week Royal & SunAlliance Insurance announced the launch of its new “pursuit” policy, together with the claim that it was unique within the market. It is an after-the-event insurance policy for commercial matters linked to conditional fee agreements. The joint holders of the policy, the solicitor and his client pay a premium only if […]

IT briefs leave Bird Semple for Masons

UK FIRM Masons has poa-ched two IT lawyers from Bird Semple. John Salmon is to become a partner at Masons. Salmon is regarded as the architect of the TechMedia group set up less than a year ago to focus on the technology, media and new media sectors. John Mackenzie will remain an associate. A source […]

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