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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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Divorcee claims board interfered

A MAN who claims he was ordered to pay an “excessive” bill for legal services after the Legal Aid Board allegedly interfered in a trial will this week lodge an official complaint against the body. Alan Brown’s firm Jim McKenzie & Co claims the LAB should have remained impartial in an action against Brown by […]

Abuse fears over police techniques

A LEADING criminal lawyer has warned of dangers posed by new police crime-fighting techniques. Tony Edwards, president of the London Criminal Court Solicitors’ Association, has called for a code of conduct to protect against abuses of a new generation of sophisticated detection methods. Surveillance work, the use of informants and the practice of targeting, where […]

In brief: Herbert Smith rewarded for pro bono work

City firm Herbert Smith has won a Corporation of London Dragon Award for its community action programmes. The awards, sponsored by the corporation in association with Carlton Television, recognise the initiatives made by businesses toward improving community life. Herbert Smith was honoured for its wide-ranging pro bono work which includes running a children’s hospital radio […]

Australian first

Allen Allen & Hemsley’s chair of partners, John Lehane, has been named as the first non-advocate to be appointed as an Australian Federal Court judge. Lehane, a commercial and corporate solicitor, worked in AA&H’s London office from 1984-86 and served a three-year term as managing partner. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of […]

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