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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Rural areas left out in the cold by new fixed fee proposals

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Family lawyers are outraged at the Government’s decision to open family law up to conditional fees agreements (CFAs), describing it as “unworkable” and “ridiculous”. Partners in the UK’s top family law firms said such changes were “anti-family” and they had no idea they were being contemplated. The Government’s White Paper on modernising justice, released by […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Geoff Lord

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Dibbs associate denies al-Muhajiroun link

DIBB Lupton Alsop associate Makbool Javaid has accused an extreme Islamic group of exaggerating his links with it in order to gain credibility. Javaid, who is still discussing his future with senior partners at Dibbs, hit the headlines last month because of his alleged close involvement with the London-based al-Muhajiroun group, which supports the international […]

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