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A practical guide to setting up a family office in Jersey

Around the world family offices are growing in number. Family offices are increasingly becoming the organisation of choice for very wealthy families because they can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the families establishing them.

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.


Blackstone hires ECJ judge for arbitration push

Former European Court of Justice judge Sir David Edward QC has joined Blackstone Chambers as a full-time tenant.He will focus on arbitration and mediation, bolstering the set’s growing ADR expertise. In 2002, Blackstone tenant and former head Presiley Baxendale QC became a full-time mediator. Edward’s appointment follows the election of Ian Mill QC and Thomas […]

Shareholders United calls up Weil Gotshal for Glazer fight

Weil Gotshal & Manges has been taken on pro bono by Shareholders United, the shareholder group fighting Malcolm Glazer’s attempts to take over Manchester United Football Club, as exclusively revealed by last Friday (5 November). The two leading partners – Will Rosen and Ian Hamilton – are both Manchester United season ticket holders, although […]

Man power

Star partners are increasingly likely to join a new firm with their clients in tow. Law firms need to cover their backs. By Stephen Ralph “Clifford Chance prepares for exit of top rainmaker” (The Lawyer, 11 Oct) and “DWS left shellshocked as eleven media/IP partners defect to DLA” (The Lawyer, 4 Oct) are just two […]

Shearman partner wins director role on JCRA

Shearman & Sterling antitrust partner Chris Bright has taken on a role of non-executive director of Jersey’s new Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA). Bright took up the two-day-a-month post, which involves a single monthly board meeting, in September. The small island, with a population of 80,000 people, is poised to demonopolise its telecommunications and postal […]

DLA develops contentious tax with four experts

DLA is reinforcing its contentious tax practice with the hire of four specialists. Aileen Barry, Dave Tyrer and Andy Sharp have all joined as national tax investigation directors, while Hartley Foster has joined from McGrigors to head the contentious tax arm. The hires are intended to meet tougher requirements set by the tax authorities.

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