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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.


Blackstone QC scores Fifa role

As the World Cup goes on, the winner for the bar is clearly Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC, appointed as the UK representative on Fifa’s ad hoc arbitration panel. Beloff is there to advise teams with problems and disputes.

Freshfields founds the stub club

The stub equity structure used in Ferrovial Group’s successful £12bn takeover of BAA appears to have become something of a trademark for the Spanish construction group’s legal adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The stub equity enables BAA shareholders to retain an ongoing stake in the business by holding shares in an AIM-listed special purpose vehicle (SPV), […]

Nottingham joins London law schools’ battle for supremacy

London’s legal education market has just got hotter than ever before. Not only will the College of Law and BPP Law School be opening second sites in London in September to house a further 1,500 students, but rival Nottingham Law School (NLS) is planning to launch in the capital in conjunction with US business training […]

Bullers and Dawkins merge

Birmingham firm Buller Jeffries has merged with commercial property and private client firm Dawkins & Grey. Judy Bonegal and Roger Williams join as partners. The merger coincides with the promotion to partner of Clive Vernon, head of Bullers’ commercial property and private client department, who will head the newlyenlarged team.

Hogan swoops on Shearman London for M&A star

Shearman & Sterling’s London office has been hit by the departure of highly rated M&A partner Jonathan Coppin for the UK arm of Hogan & Hartson. Coppin, who joined Shearman four years ago from Norton Rose following a protracted search for a senior M&A partner, will head up Hogan & Hartson’s developing London M&A and […]

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