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EU-US Privacy Shield for data transfers ruled as invalid

The Office of the Data Protection Authority in Guernsey (ODPA) has warned companies in the Bailiwick to be aware of the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment which affects all businesses who transfer personal data outside of the Bailiwick and the European Union (EU).

Recognition and Assistance for PRC Insolvency in Hong Kong

Synopsis A recent case in Hong Kong, has demonstrated both the ability and willingness of common law courts to recognise insolvency appointments made by the courts of the People’s Republic of China (‘PRC’), and to grant appropriate assistance at common law. It is to be hoped that this proven track record will pave the way for easier recognition of common law court appointed liquidators in PRC, where, unlike in common law countries, such recognition is subject to the principle of reciprocity.

New LCIA Arbitration Rules: In force on 1 October 2020

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently released its updated arbitration rules (the “2020 Rules”) which will come into force from 1 October 2020 and will apply to any arbitration commenced under the auspices of the LCIA on or after this date. The 2020 Rules, in the LCIA’s own words, aim to make the arbitral processes “even more streamlined and clear” for arbitrators and parties alike. We summarise nine key changes and one omission.


Norton Rose man convicted for child porn

Norton Rose’s former head of operations Mike Walker has been convicted on charges of downloading child pornography on his work computer. Walker, who left the firm in January 2002, was charged by the police after an individual within Norton Rose contacted BBC’s Crime Stoppers following the first firmwide monitoring exercise in November 2001. A Norton […]

Burges Salmon elects new senior partner

Burges Salmon has elected commercial property partner Bob Smyth (left) to replace Richard Wynn-Jones as senior partner. Smyth was appointed in an uncontested election and will take up the role on 1 May. He will continue working with clients including English Heritage and English, Welsh & Scottish Railway. Wynn-Jones, the firm’s senior partner for the […]

Chadbourne rejigs private equity group

Chadbourne & Parke has implemented a firm-wide reorganisation of its private equity group, rearranging it along industry and geographic lines. The firm has put in place a structure that moves away from a single-office approach to a network of six offices in Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Warsaw and Washington DC. The initiative is being […]


Which female partner in the overseas office of a City firm was sacked for encouraging her assistants to sleep with clients?

1KBW snares St Philips childcare barrister

Birmingham’s St Philips Chambers has lost a leading childcare barrister, who has joined London’s One King’s Bench Walk. It is understood that David Hershman QC has made the move to practise in a smaller set with a more specialist family focus. First revealed on 31 March

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