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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.


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 […]

New partner numbers down at Freshfields

Freshfields has dropped the number of annual partner promotions by a third and has continued to shun London lawyers in favour of its overseas offices. Last year the firm made up 17 of its lawyers to partner level, while this year the number is down to 11. Only four in the London office have joined […]

Jersey giant Mourants opens in London to build client links

The Channel Islands’ largest firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is opening a London office. Mourants will be the first Jersey firm to establish an office in the capital. The office will practise Jersey law and will concentrate on corporate and finance work. Mourants’ managing partner, Richard Jeune, says the office will make the firm […]

Suit leaves public bodies exposed

A RECENT Court of Appeal decision could open the floodgates for claims against public bodies previously regarded as “time barred”, according to lawyers acting in the case. The decision came in the case of Matra Communication SAS v the Home Office, which centred on the rights of the French company Matra to sue the Home […]

Married to the job

Virginia Glastonbury is a firm woman. As Chris Fogarty finds, Denton Hall is less of a job and more of a working love affair for one of the City’s handful of female managing partners. But can she turn her passion into profit? It is a telling moment when Virginia Glastonbury, Denton Hall’s newly elected London […]

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