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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.


Phil Bradley and Graham Henson of No5 Chambers defend in neighbour dispute

Edward Clougher, 41, has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent after attacking his neighbour, Michael Rowland, with a machete. The incident happened following a neighbourly dispute over noisy dogs. Phil Bradley and Graham Henson of No5 Chambers defended in the dispute. On 30 August last year, Mr Rowland threatened to kill them if they did […]

Mayer Brown client UBS loses complex derivatives case in High Court

The High Court has today thrown out claims brought by UBS against a German water company over $340m of complex derivatives issued by the bank which defaulted during the financial crisis. Following a 14-week hearing, Mr Justice Males dismissed UBS’s claims against Addleshaw Goddard client Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL). However he reserved criticism for KWL […]

Ashurst and Bird & Bird among firms to win Santander panel spots

While so many in-house teams seem to be cutting the number of firms appointed to their legal panel, Santander has been doing exactly the opposite. The bank has upped the total number of firms on its main roster from 24 to 30. But that doesn’t mean it’s been giving lawyers an easy ride. The bank […]

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Irwin Mitchell acquires Mayfair-based Berkeley Law

Irwin Mitchell has acquired Mayfair based private wealth specialists Berkeley Law in a bid to gain ground in London. As well as the Mayfair headquarters, the acquisition includes a separate residential property and conveyancing business, Berkeley Hurrell in Kensington. Berkeley Law is believed to turn over between £3m and £4m per annum and specialises in […]

Corporate team from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advises Hyder on takeover

Corporate lawyers from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co have advised main market client Hyder Consulting on its £300m recommended takeover by Dutch peer ARCADIS. The takeover — by way of a scheme of arrangement — saw two different companies vying to buy the multinational design and engineering consultancy company. An initial offer price of 650p per share […]

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