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Impact of DSARs in the GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

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Hooligans prove rights are not equal

John Cooper says that attempts to expel English football fans from Euro 2000 infringe on human rights There has always been a suspicion that Europe is not as united as it may seem. Criminal practitioners are being showered with opportunities to attend conferences and seminars on the European Convention on Human Rights. For many prosecutors […]

Legislation is overdue

Mike Tyler, in his article “Corporate killing law misses the mark” (12 June), actually does something similar as regards his reasoning behind his criticism of the latest Corporate Homicide Bill. The Government, judiciary and legal profession have all stood back as workers have been killed as a result of directors placing profit before safety. Time […]

Case of the week

The RollingStones’ former record label, Abkco Music, lost a round in its battle over who owns the rights to two songs first recorded by blues legend Robert Johnson. The court found that the fact that the band believed that any common-law copyright on Love in Vain and Stop Breakin’ Down had expired, were not reasons […]

McGrigor Donald posts record profits

McGrigor Donald has announced record financial results. The firm’s annual review, published this week, shows fee income up 23 per cent on last year and an increase in turnover and profitability for the year ending 30 April. Following the opening of a Belfast office in January, the firm became the first to practise in all […]

Arnold & Porter in LA swoops for IT and showbiz niche firm

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is dramatically increasing its Los Angeles practice by taking over a niche IT and entertainment firm. It is acquiring Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt in a move which adds 12 lawyers and expands its intellectual property and technology practice to 60 lawyers worldwide. Eight of the lawyers join Arnold […]

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