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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.


Simmons challenges French govt over coal price subsidies

City firm Simmons & Simmons is attempting to force France to answer allegations that state subsidies were used to undercut the market price of coal. The firm, representing private coal company Thion & Cie, claims that state-owned coal company Groupe Charbonnages de France was involved in a potential misuse of an estimated £21m in state […]

Morgan Cole chairman hands over reins

MORGAN Cole chairman John Bowen, who steered his firm through the merger last year, is to step down. Morgan Bruce, Bowen’s former firm, merged with Cole & Cole in November as part of a bid to dominate the M4 corridor. He is handing over his co-chairmanship to Guy Clarke, former managing partner at Morgan Bruce. […]

In brief: Ince & Co

Ince & Co has taken on a Titmuss Sainer Dechert partner to boost its Corporate Business group. Corporate and regulatory insurance specialist Reg Morton will be working with David Coup and Nick Gould in the group which also handles financial services work. The firm says it has seen considerable growth in the demand for non-contentious […]

Halifax shakes up its panel

Halifax Building Society has reorganised its legal panel to include Shoosmiths & Harrison while dropping Dibb Lupton Alsop from repossession work. However, Dibbs has picked up the remortgaging portfolio which, it claims, is worth more than the one it has lost. Midlands firm Shoosmiths and two-partner practice Charles Caplan, based in Mayfair, London, took the […]

Norton Rose targets Western Europe after Czech firm deal

Norton Rose is eyeing Western Europe as the next target for continental expansion after signing a joint venture deal with leading Czech firm Balcar Polansky & Spol. Norton Rose’s director of marketing and strategy, Tim Pashley, says the firm’s expansion plans will focus on Western Europe after it signed the deal last week. The Czech […]

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