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Dishonesty: A change of approach

On 29th April 2020, following the decision in the case of R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, the Court of Appeal identified that the two-limb test for dishonesty as identified in the case Ghosh, is no longer the approach to be taken.

Cybersecurity requirements for licensees

Entities regulated under the Insurance Law will need to implement cybersecurity measures in proportion to their cyber risk profile by 27 November 2020 following the release of the Rule and Statement of Guidance on Cybersecurity for Regulated Entities by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 27 May 2020.

Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.


K&L Gates hires ex-Ashurst Dubai head as international expansion gathers pace

K&L Gates has hired the former head of Ashurst’s Dubai office as it prepares to open its first office in the Middle East. Middle East Partner Paul de Cordova has joined the firm’s Dubai office, which is set to open its doors today (1 June). As part of the launch Pittsburgh-based litigation partner Neal Brendel […]


Week Ten: The Apprentice analysed…

Things are hotting up on The Apprentice with Sir Alan putting the remaining wannabes under intense pressure. In week 10 of the show Britain’s most belligerent boss sent the five candidates to a television shopping channel where they had to pick and sell products to a live audience. Debra excelled and won a special mention […]

Herbies finds 84 volunteers to take redundancy

Herbert Smith has concluded its redundancy consultation with all those due to leave the firm opting for voluntary redundancy. In April the firm revealed plans to cut 84 positions from its London practice while also freezing salaries at the 2008-09 levels (20 April). In a statement released today Herbert Smith said it had received “sufficient […]

New signing prompts Atkins name change

Libel and privacy lawyer Mark Thomson is to join West End boutique Atkins Solicitors from media firm Carter Ruck. Thomson will join the firm as a named partner and Atkins will rebrand as Atkins Thomson. The media partner has been instructed in several high-profile cases and has acted for celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Keira […]

Freshfields secures South African media merger role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed by South African company MTN Group to advise on its merger with mobile ­operator Bharti Airtel. Freshfields partner Bruce Embley advised MTN on the deal, which could see the company acquire a 36 per cent interest in Bharti, with Bharti acquiring a 49 per cent shareholding in MTN. Bharti […]

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