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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.


Careers: in brief

Wigan’s Greenhalghs Solicitors has appointed a new solicitor in the wake of a recent firm relocation to larger premises. Richard Kerr joins as an assistant solicitor from Manchester law firm Nexus Solicitors, where he will practise as a commercial litigator.Greenhalghs, a six-person firm, moved from a rented office space to a new, wholly-owned premises two […]

High Court appoints first black judge

Criminal barrister Linda Dobbs QC has been appointed the first black full-time High Court judge in English legal history. The 18 Red Lion Court barrister will be sworn in to her £150,878-a-year post next month. Black solicitors and barristers have until now never progressed beyond circuit and part-time judicial roles. Dobbs’ appointment reflects the Lord […]

Licensing Legal signs up Weightmans partner

A partner from Liverpool firm Weightmans is joining a new niche practice specialising in licensing and regulatory law. Anthony Horne, until August head of licensing at Weightmans, is linking up with Richard Williams at Licensing Legal. Williams previously worked at Cobbetts and West End commercial firm Joelson Wilson & Co. Licensing Legal, which has offices […]

Fleck v Gold for Herbies top job

Herbert Smith has formally kick-started the process to appoint a new senior partner, with two candidates emerging as early contenders for the post. Practice partner and litigator Richard Fleck and head of litigation David Gold have both confirmed their interest in standing. Herbert Smith’s current senior partner Richard Bond, whose tenure expires at the end […]

Law Society condemns mental health bill

The Law Society today condemned government proposals for a new mental health bill. Chief executive Janet Paraskeva said that the bill does not help people suffering from mental health problems, instead concentrating on the perceived danger posed by those people. The society also says that the bill’s definition of mental health is too broad, and […]

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