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Impact of DSARs in the GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have landed roles on a deal that sees UK drinks company Diageo acquire a 53.4 per cent stake in India’s United Spirits. The deal, worth £1.28bn, sees the UK beverages company behind Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Smirnoff buy a majority stake in United Spirits from liquor baron […]

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You might not have expected the legal profession to lean to the left, but in this year’s US presidential election lawyers donated more than twice as much to Democrat – and incumbent – Barack Obama than to his Republican rival Mitt Romney. Perhaps it’s because lawyers recognised so much of themselves in Obama. After all, […]

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Work Life Quiz: Steven Martin, Antony Hodari & Co

What do you do at weekends? Spend time with my family, play golf, coach U9s rugby. What was your first-ever job? Labouring on a building site. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Doing a seat in conveyancing. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

Dutch and go

Netherlands lawyers give new businesses a boost This is a difficult time to start a business, but over in the Netherlands one firm is doing its bit for entrepreneurs. Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has launched what it is calling the HB Incubator Programme; a kind of legal Dragons’ Den designed to give associates a development […]

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