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European Commission publishes evaluation report on GDPR

The Commission’s report argues that, generally, GDPR has successfully met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement. It also, however, identified a number of areas of improvement.

US CLO warehouses – Covid-19 health check

As the market continues to deal with the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on the global economy, we consider the resilience of US CLOs, which were still in the warehouse stage when COVID-19 hit. Since that date, CLO managers have been extremely focused on and, based on our analysis, largely successful in flattening the effects of the loan price decline curve.

Costs and the expert in private children cases

Dewinder Birk of No5’s Family Group has set out two cases dealing with two different aspects of experts’ costs in private children cases, but both of which highlight the robustness of the higher courts in exercising discretion in relation to costs when dealing with such matters.

Enforcement of PRC judgments in BVI establishes important precedent

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Court has for the first time recognised and enforced judgments delivered by the Court of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is a significant development in light of the established practice of Chinese individuals and entities using BVI corporate entities as asset holding vehicles. The decision sets a significant precedent as many practitioners and judgment creditors alike in the PRC have historically considered BVI corporate entities (and their assets) as being beyond the reach of the PRC courts and often left ‘forgotten’, notwithstanding the well-established rules for recognition and enforcement of foreign awards and judgments in the BVI.

Technology in legal transactions

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown have thrown into sharp relief the benefits of a robust IT infrastructure and the ability to work flexibly to provide smooth client services in times which are anything but ordinary. In this article, partner James Fox looks at the technology being used to support clients.

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EDS lawyer quits for Sun Microsystems

Senior EDS in-house lawyer Emma Courtney has moved to Sun Microsystems to take the top UK legal job. Courtney has been named UK senior counsel and will sit on the UK executive board reporting to the head of legal for global sales Leif Freykman. Courtney succeeds Mark Curtis, who was the lawyer in charge of […]

ECJ relegates WTO’s rulings in Europe

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dealt a blow to the hopes of international lawyers wanting to launch legal actions by exploiting World Trade Organisation (WTO) rulings. It has ruled that WTO decisions and agreements are essentially diplomatic and will have no direct effect on EU law. Unusually, the court has opposed the relevant […]

Hammonds partners face informal 14-month lock-in

Hammonds is considering asking partners to commit to an informal 14-month lock-in in an attempt to stem the tide of departures from the firm. The Lawyer understands that the move is under discussion following a recent wave of departures from the firm. A total of 12 partners have announced their resignations since 1 January this […]

CC partners to elect new corporate chief as Childs resigns post

Clifford Chance corporate partners are to face a new management election following chief operating officer (COO) David Childs’s move to stand down as global head of corporate – before the end of his official term. Childs informally announced his decision to relinquish his second role as practice area leader last weekend during the firm’s global […]

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