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Update on Bermuda private trust companies

Many offshore jurisdictions saw notable reforms in 2018. This article considers how recent changes to the regulation of financial services in Bermuda have affected private trust companies. These legislative amendments were made primarily to ensure that Bermuda’s legal framework remains up to date with international standards, which are aimed at maintaining the international financial system’s […]

The basics: How to wind up a corporate debtor

A company has outstanding debts and it seems they are struggling financially. What can you do to try and get your debts settled? Is applying to have the company wound up the answer? Here, we take a look at what you will need to consider before a decision is made and we take a look […]

Blowing hot and cold on the jurisdiction of an adjudicator

In the recent case of SKYMIST HOLDINGS LIMITED v GRANDLANE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED [2018], the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), considered the principle of “approbation and reprobation” in “satellite litigation” over the jurisdiction of adjudicators. But is challenging the jurisdiction of an adjudicator worth the cost involved? We review the key points in the Skymist decision, and the TCC‘s […]

Is legislation pending on bankruptcy, pension plans and lenders?

Public consultations on enhancing retirement security led by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada closed in late 2018. Given the importance and complexity of the subject matter, the one-month consultation period offered by the government was curiously short. Given that 2019 is an election year, the quick completion of the process could […]

Apples to Oranges: how investigations differ from a litigation approach when implementing eDiscovery solutions

Competition matters, and investigations more generally, differ greatly in execution from the approach to eDiscovery taken in litigation.  Understanding the potential issues is paramount in developing an eDiscovery model that tackles the regulatory pressures faced by legal teams and their corporate clients. In the first article in this series we compare the different approaches and examine […]

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Stephen Ball set to join Gibson Dunn in London

Nomura’s former chief general counsel Stephen Ball is resurfacing at US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to head its UK practice. Ball left the Japanese banking group in February – where he was also managing director and a member of the board of directors and executive committee – in a shroud of mystery and has […]

Will some things never change?

The profession is modernising fast. Often reluctantly, sometimes resignedly, management, conditions, practices and reward structures are being dragged into the 21st Century. But there are still pockets of esoteric legal rituals and practices that stubbornly refuse to change. Even in the ultra-modern, high-tech business world of the City law firm some things are still done […]

It could be you

It is time for the annual round of partner promotions, when ambitious assistants await their fate. Sean Farrell goes behind the scenes at some of the City’s top firms and finds out what’s required to be among the chosen few. It is that time of year again, when a smattering of assistants, who have toiled […]

Need for equal access to bar

Jonathan Hirst QC, chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, said in a letter (The Lawyer, 20 March,) that “the profession has always taken the wellbeing of its pupils seriously”. Has it? Or has the profession always put the wellbeing of barristers in independent practice before those seeking pupillage and tenancy. Examine the […]

Will fair pay give a fair criminal trial?

As prosecutors look forward to more pay, John Cooper says they already have too much power. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Square. So prosecutors are going to be paid the same as defence barristers. Whether this means defence barristers are to take a pay cut to get down to the level […]

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