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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.


Mark Rawlinson

Volume down, value up

Firms are hunting those few, precious megadeals as rankings show deal numbers are falling. By Joshua Freedman Tennis players know it is not how many points you win that counts, but which ones. And the latest preliminary Thomson Reuters M&A rankings of legal advisers show pretty much the same thing: to get the credit, you […]

Ken Macdonald QC

News Corp turns to Matrix silk over Met payment claims

Matrix Chambers’ Ken Macdonald QC, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, is acting for the board of News Corporation over allegations that its tabloid News of the World (NotW) made inappropriate payments to Metropolitan Police Service officers. Earlier this year the High Court ordered private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was alleged to have hacked into several […]

Texas hold ’em?

Should the English courts interfere with an arbitration that began outside its jurisdiction? That was the question Mrs Justice Gloster was forced to answer when she was appointed as judge in the Texas Keystone trial. It is rare for the court to interfere with arbitrations in their own jurisdiction let alone those that began in […]

Banking on work

After spending three months scrutinising his legal panel in order to radically reduce the number of advisers on it, Barclays general counsel Mark Harding has unveiled the new-look roster. And guess what? It’s ENORMOUS. Every lawyer and his dog have won a spot on one of what appear to be 17 separate panels (see story). […]

WFW partner is a true Renaissance woman

When Watson Farley & Williams partner Celia Gardiner first ­started singing at church, she did not expect to found a chamber choir. In fact, when she started out she was the only amateur singer in a group of professional musicians. “My own determination not to be the weakest link in the group led me to […]

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