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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.


In-house forum launch in Monte Carlo

The Lawyer is to launch The In-House Lawyers’ Forum next February. The initiative, announced at Legal Monte Carlo 98 at the weekend, will be run by The Lawyer and sponsored by Eversheds. The first regional forum will be held in London in February next year and will cover the topic of bench-marking in-house legal department […]

Isle of Man takeover

Isle of Man firm Dickinson Cruickshank & Co has taken over niche company and commercial litigation practice Morris Maddrell. The addition of Maddrell’s two partners will boost the number of partners at Dickinson Cruickshank to 12, making it the largest firm on the island above Cains.

The fatal flaw of Claims Direct

Claims Direct’s commercial director did not mention the the most contentious part of his firm’s service – the reason why many personal injury specialists consider the scheme inappropriate (The Lawyer 6 October). He refers to the client paying 30 per cent plus tax if compensation is recovered. In fact that is only paid if compensation […]

SJ Berwin partner moves to Cabots

SJ Berwin corporate finance partner Matthew Hudson has joined City investment house Cabot Square Capital as chief counsel and as an investment director. Hudson – a leading player in SJ Berwin’s highly-rated private equity unit – told The Lawyer that he had been brought in for his deal execution skills but added that he will […]

It has been a bad week for

Internet porn surfers. KPMG and Denton Hall have set up a web site – – to encourage the public to express their views on the illegal content on the Internet. Remember, “Honest I was looking for the Lawtel law reports, I don’t know how I ended up in”, is not a valid excuse. […]

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