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BVI vs Hong Kong: The inconvenience of forum non conveniens

The British Virgin Islands Commercial Court in the recent judgment of Oscar Trustee Limited v MBS Software Solutions Limited BVIHC(Com) 2021/0022, once again considered whether the BVI was an appropriate forum to bring a claim. In this instance, the Defendant argued that Hong Kong was a more appropriate jurisdiction for the claim to be tried.

Securing funding with NFTs, the new kids on the blockchain

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have revolutionised how artists sell their art; now, artists are hoping that NFTs can revolutionise how they fund their art. Recently, the sale of collectible NFTs has funded the production of two television projects: Stoner Cats and The Gimmicks.

Economic Substance Q4 2021: Changes to BVI economic substance regime

Prior to the amendments introduced by the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) (Amendment) Act, 2021, the type of entities falling within scope of the BVI’s economic substance regime under the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 included, among others, limited partnerships with legal personality. With effect from 30 June 2021, the scope of the regime was broadened to include limited partnerships without legal personality.


No5’s Bermingham discusses Oscar Pistorius sentencing on BBC Hereford & Worcester

Gerry Bermingham, a criminal law barrister from No5 Chambers, has appeared on BBC Hereford & Worcester to discuss the Oscar Pistorius sentencing. Howard Bentham, co-presenter of the Howard and Toni at Breakfast show, asked about the differences between legal systems in different countries; what the equivalent of his sentence is in an English court; and whether […]

Drax seeks to restart head of legal role

Having decided two years ago not to fill the head of legal role left vacant by Kavita Singh, Drax company secretary Philip Hudson has had a change of heart . Since Singh left to join MRC Global in 2012 the top job has been split in two, with Claire Sedgwick heading up a team of […]

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Latham makes up one London partner amongst 19-strong global promos round

Latham & Watkins has made up just one partner in London, in addition to another 18 new partners worldwide. The figure is a significant decrease on the four London partners made up last year, out of a total of 20 new partners announced in November 2013.  It is also the lowest UK promotions round at […]


Addleshaws installs regional office heads as former Manchester chief quits for PwC

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Tim Wheldon and Malcolm Pike as office heads in Leeds and Manchester respectively in the firm’s latest management change. The creation of the two new roles follows a series of changes to the firm’s management structure and line-up since John Joyce was elected as managing partner in May (16 May 2014). […]

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