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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.



Rough justice for Richard Gee

The failure to prosecute Judge Gee has caused an uproar. For the first time his lawyer, Louise Delahunty, responds. Louise Delahunty is a partner at Peters & Peters. On 7 October the Central Criminal Court was informed of the Attorney General’s decision to enter a nolle prosequi in the case of Judge Richard Gee. There […]

Morgan Bruce head quits for DJ Freeman

The head of Morgan Bruce’s London office has quit the firm to join DJ Freeman. Corporate partner Graham Barber joins DJ Freeman this week – exactly the same time as Morgan Bruce merges with Cole & Cole to create a 92-partner top 25 firm. Barber – one of two representatives on Morgan Bruce’s executive board […]

In brief: Hammonds sponsors Welsh university chair

Hammond Suddards has agreed to sponsor an environmental law chair at Cardiff University. The deal means that Professor Robert Lee, head of the university’s law school, will become the Hammond Suddards Professor of Environmental Law.

Allen & Overy appoints full-time pro bono co-ordinator

Allen & Overy has become the fourth major City firm to appoint a full-time pro bono officer. Sophie Forsyth, a lawyer in A&O’s employment, pensions and incentives department, has been handed the role of co-ordinating pro bono work across the firm. Forsyth’s appointment comes as A&O looks to make more efficient use of time spent […]

Dibbs cleans up litigation support with SOAP

CITY firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has launched a computerised litigation support system throughout its 10 offices, which aims to show clients exactly what their money is being spent on. A seven-member team, led by head of litigation Neil Micklethwaite, developed the system, Style of Approach Initiative (SOAP), over 18 months. SOAP is a case management […]

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